CJI Dipak Misra meets the four senior-most SC judges

Updated: Jan 19, 2018, 11:09 IST | Agencies

It was in an attempt to resolve issues raised by them in a press conference; SC refuses to entertain plea seeking to restrain media from these matters

In their press conference, the four senior-most judges of the apex court had raised a litany of problems. File Pic
In their press conference, the four senior-most judges of the apex court had raised a litany of problems. File Pic

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra yesterday held the second meeting with four senior-most Supreme Court judges in three days and discussed issues like allocation of sensitive cases but no immediate solution to the unprecedented crisis seems to be in sight. At the meeting between the CJI and four judges — Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph — which lasted for around 10-15 minutes, sources said the CJI was told that he was aware of the demands raised by them. The first meeting between the two sides after the virtual revolt by the four judges at a press conference last Friday was on Tuesday.

Sources said that some progress was made yesterday amid indications that further talks are likely to take place on Monday as the CJI assured the four dissenting judges that he will consider the issues and suggestions raised by them on various matters. Justice Chelameswar has left for Chennai on a scheduled visit. A source close to one of the four judges said there were other judges who have been actively having parleys with the CJI and the four dissenting judges to resolve the crisis. Justices A K Sikri, N V Ramana, U U Lalit and D Y Chandrachud were reported to be among them. However, sources said that the "crisis has not yet been resolved". A source associated with the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) said that the four judges have been pressing for the roster system of assignment of court matters as has been suggested by the association to the CJI.

SC refuses to entertain plea
The SC yesterday refused to entertain a plea seeking to restrain the media from publishing, discussing and politicising issues raised by the four senior-most judges in the January 12 press conference.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said it will look into the matter only after the apex court Registry takes the petition on record and lists it for hearing. The plea sought to restrain "the printing, discussion, politicisation and debate on the subject matter of the press conference dated January 12 with immediate effect to control further damage to the institution".

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