- Four sitting judges of the Supreme Court held a press conference on Friday and said that the administration of the Supreme Court of India is ‘not in order’
- Assignment of Judge Loya Case to the Bench of Justice Arun Mishra has been the main issue that made the sitting judges of the Supreme Court call an extraordinary press conference
For the first time ever, the four sitting judges of the Supreme Court held a press conference on Friday and said that the administration of the Supreme Court of India is ‘not in order’. The judges also highlighted that there have been many “things less than desirable” that have happened in last few months. The judges addressing the media were Justice J Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Kurien Joseph.
The press conference was called at Tughlaq Road Residence of Justice J Chelameswar.
Addressing the media, J Chelameswar said,
“Sometimes administration of the Supreme Court is not in order and many things which are less than desirable have happened. At the outset, we four would like to thank each one of you for responding on a very short notice. It’s an extraordinary event in the history of this institution. The administration of the Supreme Court is not in order. Many things that are less than desirable have happened in the last few months.”
Justice Chelameswar further added, “Unless this institution is preserved, democracy will not survive in this country.”
It must be mentioned that the assignment of Judge Loya Case to the Bench of Justice Arun Mishra has been the main issue that made the sitting judges of the Supreme Court call an extraordinary press conference.
Justice J. Chelameswar designed the crux by saying, “Four of us have been telling the CJI Dipak Misra to correct his ways for the sake of the institution. We have spotted things in the last few months. Tried to intervene but to no avail. 20 yrs from now, nation should not say we sold our souls.”
The sitting judges said, “The administration of the Supreme Court is not in order and many things less than desirable happened in last few months. We are left with no choice but communicate to the nation directly.”
Know about the Judge B H Loya Case
Judge Loya had died in Nagpur on December 1, 2014, when he was attending the wedding ceremony of one of his colleagues’ daughter. The issue was brought to the spotlight in November last year when a magazine named Caravan published a report that linked the circumstances surrounding his death to the trial in the Sohrabuddin case.
BR Lone, a Maharashtra-based journalist had filed an independent plea to seek a fair probe into the alleged mysterious death of Judge B H Loya.
Journalist Lone’s petition had been presented to the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud on January 11. It had sought a probe which said that there had been several contradictions emerging in the issue. Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla filed the second litigation. In his plea, the leader put the eulogies that the circumstances surrounding the death of the judge were “questionable, mysterious and contradicting”.
(News Input from PTI, Image Source: Hindustan Times)