WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Jan 14, 2018, 04.03 PM
The chairman of the Bar Council of India said Sunday evening that a delegation from the council met Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra in a "congenial atmosphere" and that "everything will be sorted out".
Manan Kumar Mishra added that "everyone we talked to has assured that (the) matter will be sorted out."
The BCI delegation met with CJI Misra at his residence for 50 minutes.
Manan Mishra said the delegation also met with Justices J Chelameshwar, MB Lokur, and Kurian Joseph. He added that all of them gave their assurance that everything would be sorted out.
Manan Mishra said that the BCI's role is "very limited" and that it was the judges who assured them that there would be no problem at all. He added that the Bar Council would hold a press conference Monday to apprise the media and the public of their meetings with the Chief Justice and the other Supreme Court justices.
There had been hectic parlaying through the day to try and resolve the crisis.
The Supreme Court Bar Association President Vikas Singh also met with CJI Misra and handed over a resolution from the association to him. The resolution, passed Saturday, had asked for a full court discussion to try and resolve the ongoing crisis.
Supreme Court Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur, and Kurian Joseph -- the four seniormost judges of the Supreme Court after Chief Justice Misra -- had in an unprecedented move called a press conference on Friday at which they raised a litany of problems, including the assigning of cases, allegedly afflicting the country's highest court.
The judges said they had met Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra earlier but had failed to get their point across, which is why they were taking recourse to the press conference.
They also released a letter written by them to the CJI.
The judges however did not mention any specifics when questioned by reporters.
Their press conference however, considering that it was unprecedented -- nothing of the sort has ever happened before -- has been called a "virtual revolt".
On Sunday, PTI reported sources as saying two Supreme Court judges -- Justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao -- also met Justice J Chelameswar, who had led the four judges in their press conference.
The BCI panel also had a brief meeting on Sunday with Justice Arun Mishra, who has been in the focus for hearing PILs seeking a probe into the death of special CBI judge BH Loya.
Loya, who was dealing with the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, had died of cardiac arrest three years ago.
The four judges had questioned the allocation of Loya's case to Justice Mishra, bypassing senior judges.