BJP accuses Congress of politicising 'internal affairs' of judiciary

Besides Justice Chelameswar the other judges were Justices Ranjan Gogoi M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph. ANI Twitter

In an unprecedented move, four Supreme Court Judges today came out against the Chief Justice of India, saying that events in the Supreme Court left them with no choice but to address the Nation. Hence their stunning press conference.

"There's no question of selling their souls".

There are some people of legal profession supporting the stand of the four judges but some others also assailed their action as most uncalled for and damaging the dignity and decorum of the Supreme Court and the legal profession. "We hope they won't allow the issue to escalate, unity among Supreme Court judges will return by Monday" Venugopal said at New Delhi. It is time to examine seriously how best to ensure transparency in the process of allocation of cases among the different benches in the Supreme Court of India.

Judge Loya was hearing the case which accused BJP Chief Amit Shah in relation to the fake encounter case but he died in December 2014.

Those four judges took offence to the way the chief justice has been assigned cases and deciding benches.

Sources told ThePrint that a meeting between CJI Dipak Misra and Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph and Madan B. Lokur - the four senior-most judges after the CJI - is on the cards.

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Two close aides of Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was looking into the matter and had summoned top law ministry officials for consultations. There were speculations if Justice Loya's death was natural and the Bombay High Court seized the petition.

The second is to have all public interest litigation cases listed before the CJI or the next top four judges.

The institutions that have allegedly crumbled and notoriously surrendered its autonomy to certain political ideology includes CAG, CBI, RBI and the Election Commission of India. The association said it was of the view that all PILs should be looked into by the CJI or senior judges in the collegium, according to news agency PTI.

Expert generally feel that it's hard to tell whether Friday's events will lead to a stronger Supreme Court or one weakened by a combination of infighting, questionable procedures, and opacity, which the government may use to its purposes. "So no, it's not an internal matter for the Hon SC", Abdullah said. There are mechanism in the Supreme Court to deal with and settle such crisis. There is a clear attempt by the government to isolate the SC judges, who've acted as whistle blowers.

As far as Friday's event is concerned, I do not think the development had or could do any damage to the judicial institution.

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