SC crisis: CJI Dipak Misra met the 4 dissenting judges, say sources

Illustration Ajit Ninan

Illustration Ajit Ninan

The judges are likely to meet again. Here are top 10 developments 1. The brief meeting, however, was not considered sufficient to reach complete understanding on all the issues which have caused the rift between the CJI and the four puisne judges. In a Twitter post, Surjewala said: "Sad & deplorable! BJP Govt should help resolution then muddle & polarize".

It would appear that the four judges have concerns that are indeed grave and do indeed begin to swing the needle of the compass in the direction of Mr Modi.

However, senior lawyers pointed out that there was still room for reallocation.

Despite the discussion on Monday, CJI Misra had refrained from reconstituting the five-judge Constitution Bench to include in it the rebel judges who had complained of being sidelined.

The Supreme Court Bar Association President Vikas Singh also hoped that the crisis would be resolved by the end of this week. The judges asked the staff to withdraw from the hall, leaving no clue as to what happened at the gathering of the judges.

The CJI and two other judges on the bench - A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud - did not respond to his plea.

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The four senior judges had complained on Friday that the Chief Justice was allocating important cases to relatively junior judges.

As the CJI has remained silent on the allegations levelled against him by his colleagues, all eyes will be focused on court No. 1 to see if he expresses his views on the matter or the controversy is mentioned before him on the judicial side. It will listen to top cases including the validity of the Aadhaar Act, 2013 judgement re-criminalising gay sex between consenting adults, entry of women in Kerala's Sabarimala temple and many more crucial matters. According to informed sources, the meeting is expected to resume on Wednesday morning or afternoon.

"Justice Gogoi said the crisis is over". "Now everything has been settled".

"All courts are functioning".

On January 12, four senior Supreme Court judges - justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, MB Lokur and Kurian Joseph - had come out in open and spoke on burning issues in the Indian judiciary in a never before held presser.

One of the key grievances raised by the four senior most judges on Friday was how the CJI was arbitrarily assigning key politically sensitive cases to judges, who were relatively inexperienced.

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