Bar Council Team Meets Chief Justice of India To Mend Rift: 10 Points
On Saturday, the Bar Council of India expressed its strong disapproval of judges going public with their complaints, saying it had "shaken up the system" and the matter should be resolved "peacefully and quickly".
A Bar Council team will also meet Supreme Court judges as it tries to resolve the crisis in judiciary
New Delhi: A team from the Bar Council of India - the regulatory body of lawyers - met with Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra as part of its efforts to resolve the unprecedented crisis that hit the judiciary after four most senior judges of the Supreme Court took him on in public on Friday. Bar Council chairperson Manan Kumar Mishra said the matter will be resolved in "two to three days". Hectic parleys continued through the day as the seven-member council panel met other judges of the top court to seek their opinion on the way forward.
Here are the latest developments in this big story:
Two Supreme Court judges -- Justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao -- met Justice J Chelameswar, in whose house Friday's controversial news conference was held, reported news agency Press Trust of India, quoting sources.
The Bar Council panel has also met Justice J Chelamseswar, who is the second senior-most judge of the Supreme Court after Dipak Misra.
The Bar Council, the regulatory body for lawyers, is in favour of solving the issue internally. It has deputed a seven-member to meet all the judges individually. Expressing strong disapproval of judges going public with their complaints, the council said it had "shaken up the system".
Yesterday, Justice Ranjan Gogoi had said "there is no crisis" while Justice Kurien Joseph had said that there was "no need for outside intervention" to solve the issue, reported news agency Press Trust of India.
The Supreme Court Bar Association, a representative body of lawyers, has, asked the Chief Justice to call a full-court meeting of all judges to discuss the issues raised by the four judges. It also backed the four judges on the point that public interest litigations (PILs) should only be heard by the five senior-most judges.
On Friday, Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph, in a hurriedly-called press conference, declared that the administration of the Supreme Court "is not in order" and democracy in the country was "under threat".
The judges said they were making their disagreement with the Chief Justice public after private talks failed to address what they said were serious problems with the running of the Supreme Court.
"The four of us are convinced that unless this institution is preserved and it maintains its equanimity, democracy will not survive in this country," Justice J Chelameswar, the second senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, said on the lawns of his home.
The government has steered clear of the controversy, insisting that it was a matter for the judiciary to resolve internally.
On Saturday, the Congress was quick to call out Prime Minister Narendra Modi when his top aide, Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra, was spotted outside the Chief Justice's home. But Mr Misra said the visit was a personal one and he had not managed to meet the Chief Justice.