Supreme Court Crisis: No contact made by CJI Dipak Mishra with four judges yet

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New Delhi | January 15, 2018 7:35 AM

As per the sources close to the judges have revealed that there's been no contact made by the Justice Misra to contact till late Sunday.

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After the four senior judges who held the press conference on Friday, work is expected to resume as usual at the Supreme Court on Monday. The press conference was held in which they questioned working of the Chief Justice of India. On Monday, the four judges will continue with their duties at the court. According to a report in The Indian Express, so far CJI Dipak Misra did not make any move to make a contact with the four judges after their press conference. However, reports have indicated that the CJI may hold talks soon. The four judges, namely Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Madan Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph held the dramatic press conference on Friday.

As per the sources close to the judges have revealed that there’s been no contact made by the Justice Misra to contact till late Sunday. The source also revealed that on Monday, the four judges will go to the Supreme Court and “do their job”. The four judges will hear the cases assigned to them as per the schedule, the source said. During the press conference on Friday, one of the talking points was the “selective” allocation of cases by the CJI.

What culminated in the public airing of issues by the four Justices was the was the manner in which a case involving former Orissa High Court judge I M Quddusi and others is being dealt with. “The manner in which an ‘in-house inquiry’ in the MCI matter has been handled by the Chief Justice has been a source of anxiety and grave concern,” sources said.

the senior-most judge after the CJI, Justice Chelameswar, performed the role for some time as master of the roster in the MCI matter. He conducted the proceedings when Justice Misra was busy in other matters. However, the CJI later broke the hearing of a Constitution Bench. He overruled Justice Chelameswar’s rostering. The matter was then assigned to be heard by a bench which included the Chief Justice himself.

After this incident, that the CJI was referred as the ‘master of the roster’ said the source. The source also said that the four senior-most judges were not included in several cases. Internal inquiries are preferred in case there is a charge against a judge of the High Court or the Supreme Court. But the fate of the in-house inquiry in the MCI case remains unknown.

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