In an unprecedented incident, four senior-most judges of Supreme Court of India on Friday lashed out at Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph – said there was an immediate need to preserve the judiciary system in the country. The press conference, a first of its kind for sitting judges of the Supreme Court, was held at the residence of Justice Chelameswar. The conference was mostly addressed by Justice J Chelameswar.
Here are some highlights of the of the press conference:
– We didn’t sell our soul: “There are many wise men saying many wise things in this country. We don’t want wise men saying 20 years from now that Justice Chelameswar, Gogoi, Lokur and Kurian Joseph sold their souls and didn’t do the right thing by our constitution,” Justice Chelameswar said
– Democracy will not survive: “Four of us are convinced, the democracy will not survive. We met CJI this morning, with the specific request but we could not convince him. We had no choice but to communicate to the nation to take care of the institution. We place it before people of country.”
– Supreme Court Needs to be protected: “All our efforts have failed and we are all convinced that unless this institution is not preserved, democracy can’t be protected in the country,” Justice Chelameswar said.
– Supreme Court’s integrity under question: “About a couple of months ago, four of us gave a signed letter to CJI. We wanted a particular thing to be done in a particular manner. It was done, but in such a way that it raised further questions on integrity of institution. The same thing happened this morning,” Justice Gogoi said. He further added: “We are discharging our duty to the nation by telling you what’s what.”
– No pleasure, we are compelled for a PC: “With no pleasure we are compelled take the decision to call a press conference. The administration of the SC is not in order & many things which are less than desirable have happened in last few months,” Justice J Chelameswar said.
– An extraordinary event in SC’s history: “Extraordinary in the history of any nation and in the history of the judiciary,” Justice Chelameswar said.
– SC admin not in order: “Sometimes the administration of the SC is not in order and many things which have happened in the last few months that have compelled them to put the facts before the nation,” Chelameswar said.