Judiciary under threat?

Seven-member delegation from Bar Council of India met Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra and other judges on Sunday and were assured that there would be congenial atmosphere in the Supreme Court.

The meeting was held to resolve the crisis that struck the highest judiciary after four seniormost judges Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph on Friday questioned “arbitrary allocation of cases to select benches”.

A full court metting was also expressed on Monday where Chief Justice Misra might meet with all the other judges to address the concerns.

On Friday, the group of seniormost judges aired their grievances and dissent, “There have been instances where cases having far reaching consequences for the nation and the institution have been assigned by Chief Justices of this court selectively to the benches of their preference without any rationale basis, this must be guarded at all costs.

Their letter addressed to the Chief Justic of India two months ago questioned decisions of allocating cases by “chief justices” in a clear indication that their anger has simmered even before the current CJI assumed charge. The letter by the four judges didn’t specify cases to ” avoid embarrasing the  institution”. They said that the image of institution has been damaged to some extent.

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