Sohrabuddin case judge's death: SC to hear PIL on probe

Sohrabuddin case judge's death: SC to hear PIL on probe

Justice J Chelameswar today said the administration of the apex court is "sometimes not in order" and many "less than desirable things" have taken place.

The press conference was held at Justice Jasti Chelameshwar's residence and also saw Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph addressing the media. Justice Lokur is said to have written the letter after obtaining the consent of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Joseph, both members of the collegium. Immediately, a Republic reporter rushed to tell Arnab that 4 senior judges are unhappy with the way Chief Justice of India (CJI) is running things.

Soon after the press conference by the four senior-most judges, the CJI called Attorney General K K Venugopal for a meeting, court sources said.

"Absolutely unprecedented, the press conference of the four senior judges of supreme court". It was done but in such a way that it raised further questions about the integrity of institution. Unfortunately, we couldn't convince him. The glass ceiling was broken in 1989 with the appointment of Justice Fathima Beevi as a judge of the Supreme Court.

Speaking on behalf of the four judges, Justice Chelameswar said,"We owe a responsibility to the institution and the nation".

Critics said the chief justice had worked to ensure only judges he approved of could hear the case - raising concerns of interference in the judiciary.

Justice Beevi was not just the first woman judge of the Supreme Court but also the first Muslim woman to have made it to India's higher judiciary.

He said many undesirable things had happened in the court in recent months, but gave no details.

Indian Supreme Court has 25 judges appointed by the president, including the chief justice.

Senior advocate KTS Tulsi said that "sunlight is the best disinfectant" and commented to NDTV: "They are saying that all these issues which arise in public mind are to be dealt with the highest principles of natural justice one of which is that you cant be a judge in your own cause". Legal luminaries, including SC judges, said the move would be extremely embarrassing for judicial officers and advocates who were not selected for promotions.

"For survival of a democracy, it is said... the hallmark of a democracy is independent and impartial judges".

Justice Gogoi added, "Nobody is breaking the ranks and it is a discharge of debt to the nation which we have done". We wanted a particular thing to be done in a particular manner. However Indian media speculate that the issue could be in relation to the handling of a case of alleged corruption by a retired high court judge late a year ago.

A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and M M Shantanagoudar asked the Maharasthra government to file a reply by January 15.