NEW DELHI: Joseph said that they acted solely in the interest of judiciary and justice, a day after he and the three other judges took the unprecedented step of addressing a press conference.
Justice Kurian Joseph, one of the four senior Supreme Court judges who virtually revolted against the country’s chief justice over “selective” case allocation and certain judicial orders, today expressed confidence that the the issues raised by them would be resolved.Justice Kurian Joseph, one of the four senior Supreme Court judges who virtually revolted against the country’s chief justice over “selective” case allocation and certain judicial orders, today expressed confidence that the the issues raised by them would be resolved.
Joseph said that they acted solely in the interest of judiciary and justice, a day after he and the three other judges took the unprecedented step of addressing a press conference.
He rejected suggestions that they had violated discipline and expressed the hope that their actions will bring in more transparency in the administration of the Supreme Court.
“Stood up for justice and judiciary…. That is what we said there (in New Delhi) yesterday. Nothing beyond that,” Justice Joseph said in Malayalam when local television news channels approached him at his ancestral home in Kalady near here seeking his reaction on yesterday’s development.
“An issue has come to attention. It will certainly be solved since it has come to the attention,” he told reporters.
Justice Joseph said the judges had acted only to “enhance the trust of the people in judiciary.”
The four senior most judges of the Supreme Court — justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph — had yesterday called a press conference in New Delhi and said the situation in the top court was “not in order” and many “less than desirable” things have taken place.
Unless this institution is preserved, “democracy will not survive in this country,” they had said.
Justice Chelameswar, the second senior judge after the Chief Justice of India, had said “sometimes administration of the Supreme Court is not in order and many things which are less than desirable have happened in the last few months”.
Chelameswar said they had met CJI Dipak Misra yesterday morning and “raised issues affecting the institution”.
He also said that the four judges had written a letter to CJI Dipak Misra some time back, raising important issues.
SC judges holding presser for ‘minor issue’ of roster is saddening: Bar Council
The Bar Council of India Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said the judiciary will be weakened as a result of this action and subsequently, the democracy.
The Bar Council of India on Saturday criticised the four Supreme Court judges for holding a press conference on ‘minor issue’.
Speaking to ANI, Bar Council of India Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said the matter should have been sorted out internally rather than bringing it on a public platform.
“Holding a press conference on a minor issue of the roster is saddening. The Bar Council believes that the matter should have been sorted out internally. If no consensus was achieved, other judges or members of the Bar Council could have been involved. However, it should not have been discussed on a public platform. The judiciary will be weakened as a result of this, and subsequently, the democracy,” he added.
Further, Manan said a meeting of the members is being held at 5 pm this evening, following which the delegation is expected to meet Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and other senior judges, in a bid to prevent such situations in the future.
“We have a meeting at 5 pm today. Tomorrow, our delegation will meet those senior judges, CJI Misra, and other judges, and request them to not bring issues like these in front of the public,” he said.
In a first, four judges of the apex court, namely Justices Madan B. Lokur, Kurian Joseph, Ranjan Gogoi and Jasti Chelameswar held a press conference where they questioned the conduct of the CJI and claimed that their efforts in convincing the latter to take steps to protect the institution have gone in vain.
The ambiguous allegations by the judges had prompted media persons to ask if it related to the case of CBI Judge Loya’s death, to which Justice Gogoi replied in the affirmative, albeit hesitantly.