Uneasy calm after Supreme Court judges 'roaster'

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"While everyone in a democracy has the right to say that the four judges were wrong in going public, what they are now facing is "mischief", The Hindu report said quoting the sources close to the four revolting judges". News channel CNN News18 quoted Dave as having said, "Everyone knows Justice Arun Mishra has close relations with BJP and top politicians".

The four judges said CJI Misra was ignoring rules and assigning important cases to select benches "with no rationale".

"We did not want any political party to take advantage of the situation", Manan Kumar Mishra, chairman BCI, said during a press conference on Monday.

"I accept that the Judges conflict is not settled", Attorney General K.K. Venugopal said today in a 180-degree turn from what he asserted earlier.

Four senior most judges of the Supreme Court, who had hurled accusations against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on several issues, Tuesday met among themselves, amid hectic parleys between other judges to resolve the crisis. When justice is seen to be fair-minded and even-handed in respect of any possible encroachment on the judicial sphere by the executive, the Supreme Court's honour will be deemed to be fully restored.

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The four senior judges had complained on Friday that the Chief Justice was allocating important cases to relatively junior judges.

Former Attorney-General of India Soli Sorabjee reacted to the press conference and said that he was not in favour of this and said that he wished the four judges had not done this. As per a notification issued on Monday, the same composition of CJI and Justices Sikri, A.M. Kanwilkar, Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan will hear the Aadhaar and other cases.

He said the vexed issues flagged by the four revolting judges on Friday were "internal issues of the family" which have been resolved internally. Justice Mishra reportedly claimed that he had been performing his duties sincerely, despite his failing health.

Yesterday, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had met a seven-member delegation of the BCI and Supreme Court Bar Association President Vikas Singh and assured them that the crisis would be sorted out soon and congeniality would prevail.

After the controversial press conference of the four top judges of the Supreme Court, everyone was curious to know who would finally hear the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking independent probe in the death of Judge Loya.

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