New Delhi, Jan 13: Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra may not introduce any new changes in the administration of the Supreme Court after the four senior-most judges of the top court accused him (Misra) of allocating cases in an arbitrary manner to preferred benches. Reports citing senior Supreme Court officials claimed that government may not interfere in an internal matter of the judiciary and the crisis must be resolved by mutual understanding.
Calling the comments of four judges “unfair and unwarranted”, the sources told the Economic Times the crisis could have been avoided. “The judges will now have to act like statesmen and ensure that the divisiveness is wholly neutralised and total harmony and mutual understanding prevail in future. This is what all of us at the bar want and I am sure that the judges, including the CJI, will rise to the occasion.” ET quoted the sources as saying. [Also read: How a Supreme Court Judge is Removed from His Office ]
The sources further claimed that no judge at the court can allocate himself any case and they are allotted in a fair manner. “In any case, no judge can assign a case to himself,” the source said. [Also read: Justice Brijgopal Loya’s Mysterious Death a Serious Issue: Supreme Court]
In an unprecedented move, four judges of the Supreme Court on Friday said that the administration of the top court is not in order and it is seriously challenging the institutional integrity. Besides Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Justice Madan Lokur, Justice Kurien Joseph and Justice Ranjan Gogoi alleged that the cases having resounding implications were heard by the bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra single-handedly. On the questions of impeachment of CJI Misra, the judges said it must be decided by the nation.