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Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

CJI meets 4 SC judges; AG says row not resolved

CJI meets 4 SC judges; AG says row not resolved

Four senior most judges, who expressed their public dissent with the Chief Justice of India on allocation of cases, on Monday resumed their normal work in the Supreme Court, by taking up matters listed before them.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that there was no effort from either the CJI or from the four judges to initiate a discussion on the Friday press conference when they met on Monday over tea.

Friday's public outburst by judges prompted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hold an emergency meeting with his law minister on Friday but the government has refused to comment.

Unless this institution is preserved, "democracy will not survive" in this country, Justice Chelameswar had said at the unscheduled press conference. Their charge that the CJI was allotting sensitive cases to the junior judges fell flat after someone dug out 15 such cases since 1998, which were also assigned to juniors by Misra's predecessors.

"Let's hope things will be fully settled within 2-3 days", said Attorney General KK Venugopal.

Asked to react to Venugopal's statement that things haven't settled yet, Mishra said: "I don't know how and why the Attorney General is saying like this".

Four senior most judges of the Supreme Court, who had hurled accusations against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on several issues, Tuesday met among themselves, amid hectic parleys between other judges to resolve the crisis.

Thereafter, in an informal chat, the issues raised by the four judges in their press conference January 12 were informally talked over and "resolved".

On the issue of bringing more clarity in the functioning of the top court, the BCI Chairman said the system was working properly and "there was transparency". The judges had said they were discharging their debt to the nation and that addressing media was their last resort.

How the imbroglio will be resolved is at present a matter of speculation, though it has been suggested that a positive direction appears to be emerging.

Instead, the Constitution Bench, comprises of CJI Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan.

The Supreme Court took initial steps towards normalcy after the Chief Justice initiated talks with the four dissenting judges.

"They have evolved a formula and while rejecting a name for elevation they are assigning the reason and it is there on the Supreme Court website".

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