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Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

CJI should give explanation on charges made by Judges : AAP

CJI should give explanation on charges made by Judges : AAP

On being asked if it is about special CBI judge BH Loya, Gogoi said, "Yes".

"This is an extraordinary event in the history of any nation, more particularly this nation, and an extraordinary event in the institution of judiciary".

"This press conference strikes at the root of institutional integrity of the higher judiciary".

"This is an extraordinary event in the history of any nation, more particularly this nation, and an extraordinary event in the institution of judiciary", Justice Chelameswar told reporters. We tried to collectively persuade the Chief Justice that certain things are not in order and remedial measures are necessary. Unfortunately our efforts failed. He added that the things which are less than desirable have happened in last few months.

"If he (the chief justice) doesn't resign, then I believe there will be an impeachment", Bhushan said.

They also released a letter that they had written to the Chief Justice of India to highlight the corrosion and compromise taking place within the institution of the judiciary and especially within the portals of the Supreme Court.

On Friday, Justice Gogoi told journalists that the unprecedented press conference was prompted by the death of trial court Judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya.

# "Four of us are convinced, the democracy will not survive".

The institution wields enormous influence in the South Asian nation and has in the past revoked laws passed by the parliament that it regarded as infringing upon citizens' rights. "It is too well settled in the jurisprudence of this country that the Chief Justice is only the first amongst the equals - nothing more or nothing less", the letter said. Again, without saying it in so many words he went on to draw parallels with the Emergency.

Chelameswar, speaking beside his colleagues, Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph, said they did not want to be accused of not having spoken up for the institution, or of "selling their souls".

Today's press conference was held at his home where we made some of the strongest statements ever made by a sitting justice.

A number of reactions from leading personalities in the country were reported.

Democracy in India is at stake, four senior judges of the Indian Supreme Court said on Friday, reports NDTV. "They have mentioned that there is a threat to democracy and I think it needs to be looked into carefully". They held a press conference and spoke openly about their apprehensions on the imminent collapse of the judicial system following the arbitrary manner in which "cases with far reaching consequences" were assigned to selective benches.

"Our judiciary is reputed, judiciary is independent and it has credibility".

"It is with no pleasure that we are compelled to call this press conference".

He had been a judge of Madhya Pradesh High Court and chief justice of the Rajasthan and Calcutta High Courts between 2010-2014.

But Supreme Court advocate Indira Jaising described the press conference as "historic". It was very well done. We have placed this in front of the people.

Pleas seeking probe came up for a hearing in the Supreme Court yesterday when the top court expressed concerns over it and said it was a "serious issue". We must respect them.

The matter is now in the public, and while the media trials are not allowed, the judges have submitted yet the entire judiciary to the trial by the media. It is regrettable that the banner of revolt has been raised in such a public way against the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra.

The Supreme Court has 25 judges appointed by India's president, including the chief justice, who retire at the age of 65, according to its website. "The non-finalisation of the Memorandum of Procedure has left almost 40 per cent of the sanctioned posts of the judges vacant, leading to delay in justice delivery", the statement said.

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