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Things you should know about SC judges who addressed media on Friday

The four judges who spoke out today were Justice J Chelameswar, the second senior-most judge in the Supreme Court, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Madan Lokur and Justice Kurien Joseph. Photograph: (ANI)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 12, 2018, 11.31 AM (IST)

Four senior judges of the Supreme Court came to limelight Friday after they held an unprecedented press conference and talked about their differences with the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.

The judges in the press conference said that the administration of the apex court is "sometimes not in order" and many "less than desirable things" have taken place.

The four judges who spoke out today were Justice J Chelameswar, the second senior-most judge in the Supreme Court, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Madan Lokur and Justice Kurien Joseph.

Justice Chelameswar

Justice Chelameswar, who is currently the senior-most judge in the Supreme Court was born on June 23, 1953. He has served as Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court in 2007. On October 10, 2011, he was elevated as judge of the Supreme Court.

He gave major judgements on freedom of speech, aadhaar and National judicial appointments commission.

In a two-judge bench of Supreme Court, Chelameswar along with Rohinton Fali Nariman struck down the Section 66A of the Information Technology Act. The judges held the section as unconstitutional. The law awarded three years imprisonment to anyone accused of posting emails or other electronic messages which "causes annoyance or inconvenience". 

In a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, he along with Sharad Arvind Bobde and Chokkalingam Nagappan approved an earlier order of the apex court clarifying that Indian citizens would not be deprived of basic services and government subsidies in absence of aadhaar. 

Justice Ranjan Gogoi

Justice Ranjan Gogoi was born on November 18, 1954. He was appointed as the permanent Judge of Gauhati High Court on February 18, 2001 and was elevated as Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana Court on February 12, 2011.  He was appointed as Judge to the Supreme Court on April 23, 2012. 

Justice Gogoi has been part of several judgements that have reformed the structure of the Indian judiciary system. 

His bench had passed the order bringing in new electoral reforms. After the remarkable judgement, a candidate can contest elections only after making full and honest disclosure of his assets, educational and criminal background.

His bench restrained ruling parties from publishing photographs of political leaders/prominent persons in government-funded advertisements. 

He along with other judges in a bench had declined to consider Jat community under the backward status. 

A bench of seven judges including him issued a contempt order against Justice CS Karnan on the charge of contempt of court and degrading the judiciary. 

Justice Madan B Lokur

Justice Madan B Lokur was born on December 31, 1953. He has vast experience in Civil, Criminal, Constitution, Revenue and Service Law and was appointed as Judge of the Supreme Court in 2011. 

He was part of the Andhra Pradesh High Court Divisional Bench in 2012 that had struck down Government of India's decision to allocate 4.5 per cent sub-quota (within the 27% Other Backward Classes quota) for minorities. The bench ruled out the government's decision saying it was based on religion. 

While serving as the Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court, he suspended Special CBI Judge T Pattabhirama Rao and ordered his prosecution in a Mining scam case relating to the Reddy brothers.

Justice Kurian Joseph

Justice Kurian Joseph, born on November 30, 1953, was elevated as the judge of Supreme Court in 2013. He had served as Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court in 2010. His retirement is scheduled for November 30, 2018. 

Justice Joseph along with two other judges is hearing the controversial Coal Allocation Scam case.

He was also part of a three-judge bench that overruled the Afzal Guru decision on the point of admissibility of electronic evidence.

 

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