Let the nation decide on CJI's impeachment: Supreme Court judges in press conference

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 12, 2018, 08.26 AM(IST)

File Photo: Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. Photograph:( Others )

India's Attorney General K K Venugopal met the Chief Justice (CJI) of India Dipak Misra after four judges addressed the media for the first time.

Four sitting Supreme Court judges Justice Lokur, Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice Chelameswar and Justice Ranjan Gogoi addressed the media for the first time on differences with the CJI earlier in the day. 

At the press conference, the four judges said the situation in the top court was "not in order" and many "less than desirable" things have taken place.

The judges said they had written a letter to CJI Dipak Misra some time back, raising important issues. "But all of them failed to persuade CJI that certain things are not in order and therefore you should take remedial measures. Unfortunately, our efforts failed," Justice Chelameswar said.

"We were left with no choice but to address the media, we have failed to convince the Chief Justice," Justice Chelameswar said.

Unless this institution is preserved, "democracy will not survive in this country," the four judges said.

Asked whether they wanted the Chief Justice to be impeached, Justice Chelameswar said, "let the nation decide."

"A couple of months back, four of us gave a signed letter to the CJI and we wanted a particular thing to be done in a particular manner, the thing was done, but in a way, that it raises doubt on the integrity of the institution," Justice Chelameswar had said.

Sources said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was looking into the matter and had spoken to Union Law Minister Ravishankar Prasad.