Crisis in Supreme Court seems to be unresolved: Attorney General K K Venugopal

Justices J Chelameswar along with justice Ranjan Gogoi during a press conference in New Delhi on Friday. Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 16, 2018, 05.05 AM (IST)

A day after he said that the crisis in the Supreme Court was over, Attorney General of India KK Venugopal today said the row seemed to be unresolved and hoped it will be "fully settled" in a couple of days.

"Yes, I think it has not been settled. Let's hope things will be fully settled within 2-3 days," Venugopal told PTI.

Asked about reports about the impasse continuing, Venugopal said he has to agree with the view.

"We are in the process of resolving the issue. It would be resolved shortly," he said.

The Attorney General denied having a meeting with any of the four "rebel" judges or the Chief Justice of India

"Nothing of that sort has happened," he said when asked whether they had met.

Supreme Court Bar Association President Vikas Singh also said the crisis in Supreme Court is likely to be resolved by the end of this week.

"By the end of this week the crisis is likely to be resolved," he told PTI.

The statements come amid the news that Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra has formed a five-judge constitution bench under him to hear several major cases, which doesn't include the four judges who went public with their grievances against him last week.

KK Venugopal had said yesterday that there was an informal meeting on Monday morning between Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and the four Supreme Court judges.

"All disputes settled, things are normal (now),” Venugopal had said.

The Bar Council of India had said that the crisis has been resolved internally and the "story is over now".

On January 12, the four judges - Justice J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph - had held an unprecedented press conference and raised several concerns including the assignment of cases by the Chief Justice. 

They had criticised the distribution of cases by the chief justice to judges and raised concerns about judicial appointments. They said all top judges should be involved in setting the procedures used to hire and promote judges in all the country's courts.

The four senior-most judges yesterday attended court and took up routine work.

(With inputs from agencies)