Four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court, Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph, held a conference on January 12 criticising Dipak Misra for the distribution of cases. Photograph:( Reuters )
Days after Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra was accused of lack of transparency in the selection of judges to try cases, he may meet the rebel judges of the supreme court on Sunday to resolve the problems, media reports said.
One of the rebel judges, Justice Kurian Joesph also told a local news channel that they "stood up for justice and judiciary and an issue came to attention and it will certainly be solved."
A formal meeting is also scheduled at 7:30 in the evening today, between a team from the Bar Council of India, the regulatory body of lawyers and the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra.
The seven-member panel will also meet other judges of the top court through the day to seek their opinion on resolving the unprecedented crisis that has hit the judiciary.
Meanwhile, Bar Council members met Justice Chelameswar at his residence, and said that they "will react after meeting Chief Justice of India and other three judges in the evening."
Bar Council of India delegation leaves after meeting Justice Chelameswar, member says 'will react after meeting Chief Justice of India & other three judges in the evening' pic.twitter.com/G2bGdXyn74— ANI (@ANI) January 14, 2018
Four senior-most judges of the supreme court, Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph, held a conference on Friday criticising Dipak Misra for the distribution of cases and raised concerns about judicial appointments. They said all top judges should be involved in setting the procedures used to hire and promote judges in all the country's courts.
The judges said the issues involving its administration were serious enough to prompt them to go public. However, they also claimed that the issue was raised internally but after receiving an unsatisfactory response they went public with the issues.
The conference sent shock waves across the country as during the conference the chief justices claimed that if the "equanimity does not get maintained the democracy won't survive in the country"
The bar council has expressed strong disapproval saying that "judges should not have held a press conference on a "minor issue of roster". He said a delegation from the council would meet the senior judges and the chief justice of India and request them not to bring such issues before the public."