Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

CJI Dipak Misra to hear Judge Loya case on Monday

CJI Dipak Misra to hear Judge Loya case on Monday

They demanded transparency in the allocation of cases and sought a revamp of the administration of the Supreme Court.Sources claimed CJI Misra appeared to have sought time.

Now it is up to the CJI to assign this case to another bench, which will be known in the next few days.

On one occasion the Supreme Court had to intervene in the wake of a dispute between Justice Mansoor Shah and the Multan High Court Bar Association past year.

The counsel for the petitioners had told the court that this was a case of an alleged mysterious death of a judge, who was hearing a sensitive case, and an independent probe was required. "The press conference highlighted the need for a frequent collective dialogue process among judges to improve the administrative system", they said.

A source close to one of the four judges said there were other judges who have been actively having parleys with the Chief Justice of India and them to resolve the crisis.

A meeting of the commission presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar also recommended the appointment of senior puisne judge Justice Muhammad Yawar Ali as LHC chief justice.

This comes after Justice Arun Mishra recused himself from the case last week.

Justice Arun Mishra, supposedly distressed by the whole episode of allegations by the four senior judges and for "unfairly" being targeted, had pulled out of the Loya death case hearing.

The sources said that Justice Misra has held deliberations with fellow judges and also taken into account the suggestions put forth by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and a clear-cut roster system is likely to be followed in the apex court for the allocation of cases. The supplementary cause list issued on Saturday lists the petitions by social activist Tehseen Poonawala and Maharashtra-based journalist Bandhuraj Sambhaji Lone before the bench of Chief Justice Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud.

The CJI and other senior judges met in his chamber at his request before court proceedings began on Tuesday. The CJI also pacified the judge and escorted him to his chambers.

In an apparent warning, the judges said lack of impartiality in the allocation of high-profile cases and the constitution of benches with junior judges could imperil India's democracy.

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