Former Top Judges Join Criticism Of India's Chief Justice

Former Top Judges Join Criticism Of India's Chief Justice

The retired judges - including a former Supreme Court judge and a chief justice of the Delhi High Court - confirmed they had issued an open letter to the Chief Justice of India after four Supreme Court judges held a press conference on Friday in which one of them warned that the nation's democracy was under threat because of the way the top court was being run.

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra has also assures the Bar Council panel that issues would be sorted out soon.

"We met CJI in a congenial atmosphere and he said everything will be sorted out soon", Mishra said.

"BCI forms seven-member team to meet all SC judges barring the five senior-most judges to discuss present crisis", Misra said.

Capping a weekend flurry of activity by jurists, lawyers and politicians, the Bar Council delegation met the CJI at his residence for 45 minutes. "He said that he would look into it and ensure there was congeniality in the Supreme Court at the earliest", Singh told PTI after his 15-minute meeting with the CJI.

Earlier in the day, two of the four senior-most Supreme Court judges who virtually revolted against CJI Dipak Misra over "selective" case allocation and certain judicial orders, today said that "there is no Constitutional crisis". The BCI also met three of the four rebel judges. The SCBA executive committee resolved that all public interest litigation (PIL) matters, including the pending PILs, should be either taken up by the CJI or be assigned for adjudication to four senior judges who are part of the apex court collegium.

Four former senior Indian judges on Sunday released a letter in support of a group of Supreme Court judges who on Friday openly criticised the way the top court was functioning.

"This is having a very deleterious effect on the administration of justice and the rule of law", read the letter by the four former judges.

The retired judges are Justice P.B. Sawant, a former Supreme Court judge, Justice A.P. Shah, former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, Justice K. Chandru, a former judge of the Madras High Court, and Justice H. Suresh, a former judge of the Bombay High Court. "In full court, the CJI has the majority that is why these four judges have not demanded for full court deliberation on their grievances", one of the sources said.