A former Chief Justice of India and two other judges have termed as "unprecedented" the press meet by four senior sitting judges of the Supreme Court on Friday complaining over its administration and wished that a full court meeting be called soon. However, there were reports on Friday that he may address a press conference but that could not take place.
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The four judges-Justices J. Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B. Lokur and Kurian Joseph-feel that the Supreme Court has ended up delaying the MoP further through the manner in which it has dealt with a petition questioning the delay in finalising the procedure for appointment of judges.
The registry has cancelled hearing of the case, along with others listed for the day, since one of the two judges supposed to hear the case, Mohan M. Shantanagoudar, will not be available on that day. There was no immediate official response from the CJI office. "And all four of us are convinced that democracy is at stake and many things have happened in recent past". Bureaucracy, Media, Election Commission and now Supreme Court.
According to the available indications, efforts to reach a consensus and find an amicable solution could be worked out between the warring senior judges and CJI for which the Attorney General K.K. Venugopal, the government's highest law officer could take efforts. Rasheed appealed those who matter to ensure the neutrality and supremacy of judiciary in India and reminded the honorable judges of the fact that any citizen deprived of justice has the last hope in judiciary and judiciary has to ensure its neutrality even under worst circumstances. "So no, it's not an internal matter for the Hon SC", Abdullah said. "Let's not politicise the Supreme Court". He said institutions like the judiciary survive on the confidence of the people. The government, on its part, is looking at bringing about a compromise and nipping the issue in the bud.