Will Justice Chelameswar share dias with CJI on his last day in SC?

New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: May 17, 2018, 10:30 PM IST

File photo of Justice Jasti Chelameswar. Photograph:(PTI)

Though the cause list of the apex court for tomorrow mentions his name in the bench headed by the CJI, attempts to reach Justice Chelameswar's office for confirmation did not fructify.

It is a custom in the Supreme Court that any retiring judge on his last working day, shares the dias with the CJI in court number 1.

The question has created lot of speculation in the legal circles whether Justice Chelameswar, the senior-most judge in the apex court who led a virtual revolt against the CJI by holding the January 12 presser, will sit with him on the last day of normal working of the Supreme Court which adjourns for summer vacation from May 19. 

The judge will retire on June 22 when the court will be on vacation.

However, it is a bitter truth that the senior most judge has been on the other side of the CJI on issues like allocation of cases or collegium-related matters, which became apparent after the January 12 press conference.

Justice Chelameswar has also refused the invite of the Supreme Court Bar Association to attend the farewell function in his honour, which was proposed for tomorrow.