Reactions to unprecedented press conference by 4 SC judges

‏We are very concerned to hear 4 judges of the Supreme Court expressed concerns about the functioning of the Supreme Court. #DemocracyInDanger: Congress Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 12, 2018, 11.00 AM (IST)

For the first time in the history of the Supreme Court, four sitting Supreme Court judges Justice Lokur, Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice Chelameswar and Justice Ranjan Gogoi addressed the media on differences with the CJI earlier in the day. The unprecedented press conference received mixed reactions from political parties, activists, lawyers and former judges. Following are the some of the early reactions: 

 

PB Sawant, former Supreme Court judge 
Judges had to come before media and take this unprecedented step. This means that there is a serious dispute, either with Chief Justice of India (CJI) or some internal dispute

Soli Sorabjee, Former AG 
Giving a Press Conference is not the right way
 
Indira Jaising, Supreme Court advocate 
I think it's a historic press conference. It was very well done. I think we, the people of India, have a right to know what is going on within the judiciary & I welcome this. 
 
Mukul Mudgal, retired High Court judge 
There must be some serious reason that they were left with no other option but to hold a Press Conference. But what connection Loya has with this? I know nothing about this & I don't want to make comments about any political matter: Mukul Mudgal, retired High Court judge 
 
Salman Khurshid, senior advocate
Deeply saddened and pained, also feel a sense of agony that highest court of land should come under such severe stress that forces judges to address the media
 
Ujjwal Nikam, senior lawyer

This is a black day for Judiciary. Today's press conference would cause a bad precedent. From now on every common man could look at all judicial order with suspicion. Every judgement will be questioned

Prashant Bhushan, lawyer & politician
"It is certainly a very serious development which has cast a huge shadow on the Chief Justice. Somebody had to confront the situation, where CJ is blatantly misusing his powers, hence the unprecedented step"
 
Justice R.S. Sodhi (Retd)
I think all 4 judges should be impeached, they have no business to sit there and deliver verdicts anymore. This trade unionism is wrong. Democracy in danger is not for them to say, we have parliament, courts, police functioning. Issues don't matter. It is their complaint on the administrative matter. They are only 4, there are 23 others. 4 get together and show the Chief Justice in a poor light. It is immature & childish behaviour
 
KTS Tulsi, advocate SC on 4 judges' letter to CJI
It's quite shocking. There must have been compelling reasons for the senior-most judges to have adopted this course of action. One could see pain on their faces while they were speaking

 Yashwant Sinha, BJP
Absolutely unprecedented, the press conference of the four senior judges of supreme court. Most important take away 'when national interest is at stake ordinary rules of business do not apply.
 
Yogendra Yadav, National President of Swaraj India
So, it's not just one case. Some of the most respected judges have raised larger questions about judiciary's independence is being compromised. Time for every democracy loving citizen to stand for judiciary, stand with independent judges

Subramanian Swamy, BJP
We can't criticize them, they are men of great integrity & have sacrificed a lot of their legal career, where they could've made money as senior counsels. We must respect them. PM must ensure that the 4 judges & CJI, in fact whole SC come to one opinion & proceed further