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NEW DELHI; AG KK Venugopal reiterated that he is hopeful that all judges, including the CJI, would rise to the occasion and “wholy neutralise” the “divisiveness”.

A day after four senior-most Supreme Court judges took the nation by storm when they criticised CJI Dipak Misra publicly, Attorney General KK Venugopal on Saturday expressed hope that the crisis in the top judiciary would be settled.

“Let’s hope everything works out very well. I am sure everything will be settled,” he told media persons.

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Venugopal had a meeting with CJI Dipak Misra on Friday after the press conference by four Supreme Court judges. He had yesterday told media that the unprecedented move by the judges in holding a press conference “could have been avoided” and the judges would now have to act in “statesmanship” to ensure complete harmony.

The AG reiterated that he is hopeful that all judges, including the CJI, would rise to the occasion and “wholy neutralise” the “divisiveness”.

Earlier this morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra was seen driving to the residence of the Chief Justice. He was seen sitting inside his official car which returned from the gate of the Chief Justice’s residence without entering there.

In a first, four SC judges hold press conference: Here’s who said what

On Friday afternoon, in an unprecedented move, the four senior-most judges in the Supreme Court burst out in the open and accused the Chief Justice of not strictly adhering to the rules in assigning cases to appropriate benches, which they said could create “doubts” about the integrity of the top court.

Speaking to the media at the residence of Justice Chelameswar, the judges said the Supreme Court administration was “not in order” and released an undated letter they wrote to Justice Misra in which they conceded that the CJI was the “master of the roster” but this was “not a recognition of any superior authority, legal or factual, of the Chief Justice over his colleagues”.

The four judges were Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph and Madan B Lokur, besides Justice Chelameswar.

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