US Supreme Court takes up challenge to SEC in-house judges

US Supreme Court takes up challenge to SEC in-house judges

Mishra also appealed political parties not to politicise the matter. While those like Indira Jaising hailed the historic nature of the conference, others have called the conference as something that will "set a bad precedent".

"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".

A notice issued on Saturday by the Supreme Court said the Bench was not sitting as Justice Shantanagoudar would not be available.

Senior BJP leader and former minister Yashwant Sinha said on Saturday said it was "our bounden duty to take note of what the judges have said and raise our voice for corrective action". "The PM (Narendra Modi) must ensure that the four judges and CJI, in fact, the whole SC come to one opinion and proceed further", said Swamy.

The four judges are justices Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph and Madan B. Lokur, besides Justice Chelameswar.

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Vinod K Jose, executive editor of The Caravan told India Live Today that when on Thursday he got the information that two PILs was suddenly mentioned in front of the CJI and he immediately referred it for the next day, he assigned his reporter in the apex court, as it was a case Caravan was following keenly.

When journalists pressed for details, Justice Gogoi said, "It is an issue of assignment of a case (to a bench)". All citizens who love the idea of justice, who believe in the Supreme Court, are looking at this issue and it's important that its addressed. Thus when the four "dissenting" judges, who rank just after the CJI, spoke "ill" about the CJI and current judicial affairs in front of cameras and watched by millions across the country, they broke "conventions".

It also spoke about the controversy relating to the issue of delay in finalising the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) for appointments of judges in the higher judiciary.

Observers say it was unprecedented for Indian judges to publicly criticize the head of the country's highest court.

The major concern of the SC judges is that they have alleged a sort of monarchy in bench allotment in Supreme Court and have written to the Chief Justice Dipak Misra regarding the same two months back.

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In its statement on the issue, read out by Surjewala, the Congress said it was perturbed by the developments and that observations made by the judges and the issues raised by them at their press conference were "extremely disturbing" and have a "far-reaching" consequences for the values that are held sacred - safeguarding democracy and preserving the independence of the judiciary.

"We tried to collectively persuade the chief justice of India that certain things are not right and remedial measures need to be taken, but unfortunately we failed". Joseph added that the judges had acted only to "enhance the trust of the people in judiciary". I think that is also something which needs to be investigated properly and looked at from the highest levels of the Supreme Court...

Meanwhile, highly placed sources in the government said that since it was an internal matter of the judiciary, the government had no say in it and did not wish to interfere.

The four judges said that they had met the CJI, citing all administrative flaws, but they had to come before the media to make the nation aware of the situation after no solution emerged.

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