New Delhi:For the first time in the history of the Supreme Court of India, four senior most judges of the apex Court today called a press conference and said the administration of the Supreme Court is not in order and many things which are less than desirable have happened in the last few months and unless this institution is preserved, “democracy will not survive in this country.”
Justice J Chelameswar, the second senior judge after the Chief Justice of India, along with Justices Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, asserted this point at the press conference held at his residence.
Justice Chelameswar said they had met CJI Dipak Misra this morning and raised issues affecting the institution.
Speaking to media-persons, Justice J Chelameswar said “unless this institution is preserved, democracy will not survive in this country”. He also said that it was extremely painful” to hold press conference in such a manner.
He said the four judges had written a letter to CJI Dipak Misra some time back, raising important issues. But all of them “failed to persuade CJI that certain things are not in order and therefore you should take remedial measures. Unfortunately our efforts failed and all four of us are convinced that democracy is at stake and many things have happened in recent past,” Justice Chelameswar said.
Asked what these issues were, Justice Chelameswar referred to the “allocation of cases by CJI”. He further said “we owe a responsibility to the institution, the nation and the people. Our efforts have failed in convincing CJI to take steps to protect the institution.”
Respondinbg to queries, Justice Gogoi said “nobody is breaking the rank and it is a discharge of debt to the nation, which we have done.”
The four judges who addressed the media today, have in a seven-page letter to the CJI, said: “It is too well settled in the jurisprudence of this country that the chief justice is only first amongst the equals — nothing more or nothing less.”
In the backdrop of the unprecedented press conference, the Supreme Court today took up for consideration the matter of the death of special CBI judge B H Loya allegedly under mysterious circumstances. He was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.