A day after Attorney General KK Venugopal said that the rift between the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, and the four Supreme Court judges who took him on publicly, has been settled, the Attorney General told NDTV that he accepts that the judges dispute still remains. Reports said that the rift between the top judges had been settled over tea on Monday morning. But Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, MB Lokur and Kurian Joseph, who held the press conference, were not included in the five-judge constitution bench announced yesterday. The bench will, according to a roster put up yesterday, decide on cases like the constitutional validity of Aadhaar, whether to remove a ban on homosexuality, the restriction on women entering the Sabarimala temple and whether lawmakers should be disqualified the moment charges are framed against them and not after conviction.
Here are live updates on the situation at the Supreme Court:
CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, talking to NDTV, said that the questions raised by the judges are serious ones, and should be resolved quickly.
Sources have told NDTV that Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra met with the four judges this morning and discussed all their issues. He is to meet with them tomorrow as well, according to the sources.
The Supreme Court has directed the Maharashtra Government to give all documents pertaining to the death of Justice B H Loya to petitioners seeking an independent probe into the circumstances of the death of the CBI special judge.
Chairman of the Bar Council of India, Manan Kumar Mishra told news agency PTI that Justice Ranjan Gogoi has said that dispute has been resolved.
Asked if he had a meeting with the four rebel judges, A-G Venugpal said "Nothing of that sort has happened".
Vikas Singh, the Supreme Court Bar Association President, has said that the crisis is likely to be resolved by the end of this week.
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