WION Web TeamNew Delhi, Delhi, IndiaJan 12, 2018, 09.31 AM
Calling today's press conference by four senior judges of the Supreme Court 'unprecedented', Congress president Rahul Gandhi said the “points raised by the honourable judges need to be looked into”.
"This is unprecedented. The points raised by the honourable judges need to be looked into carefully, even Justice Loya's death needs to be investigated properly," Gandhi said at a press conference at Congress headquarters in New Delhi.
All citizens who love the idea of justice are looking at this issue and it needs to be addressed, he added.
The Congress had earlier said that democracy was in "danger", while the CPI(M) called for a thorough probe after the press conference by the four judges.
"We are very concerned to hear 4 judges of the Supreme Court expressed concerns about the functioning of the Supreme Court. #DemocracyInDanger," the Congress' official Twitter handle said.
Former Union law minister and Congress leader Ashwani Kumar said it was a "sad day" in the history of India that judges were "compelled" to bring in the public domain the happenings in the top court.
Four sitting Supreme Court judges Justice Madan B Lokur, Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice Jasti Chelameswar and Justice Ranjan Gogoi addressed the media for the first time on differences with the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.
The judges criticised Supreme Court's distribution of cases to judges and raised concerns about judicial appointments.
"We were left with no choice but to address the media, we have failed to convince the Chief Justice," Justice Chelameswar said on the lawns of his residence in New Delhi. "The four of us are convinced that unless this institution is preserved and it maintains its equanimity, democracy will not survive in this country," he added.
"We wanted to let the nation know that it is important to preserve the institution of judiciary," the judge said.
The justices gave few details of the incidents they were referring to but released a letter they had written to Misra.