New Delhi, January 14: A day after Supreme Court’s four most senior judges mounted a virtual revolt against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, two top organisations of the legal fraternity jumped into a damage control mode to resolve the unprecedented crisis. Both emphasised the need to resolve the matter internally.
The Bar Council, the regulatory body for lawyers, said that it would depute a seven-member team to meet all the judges individually, while the Supreme Court Bar Association, said there was a need to “restore the credibility” of the Supreme Court. A seven-member delegation from the Bar Council of India (BCI) will meet the judges of the Supreme Court in a bid to resolve the matter.
“We have decided to form a 7-member delegation of the Council who will meet honourable judges of the Supreme Court,” BCI Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said while addressing the media on Saturday evening. “We want that the matter be solved at the earliest,” Mishra further added.
The statement was issued by Mishra at a press conference after a BCI meeting was called earlier in the day to discuss an unprecedented decision by four of the five senior-most judges of the apex court to publicly raise their grievances against CJI Dipak Misra.
“We have given an opportunity to Rahul Gandhi and other political parties to talk about our judiciary, it’s unfortunate,” added Mishra. “On behalf of Bar Council of India, I request Mr Gandhi and leaders of other political parties to not politicise the matter.”
Mishra called the issue a “family matter”, and claimed the issue will be resolved soon.
On Friday, four of the five senior-most judges in the Supreme Court broke rank with the CJI to raise concerns on how sensitive cases were being assigned to certain judges.
“There have been instances where case having far reaching consequences for the Nation and the institution had been assigned by the Chief Justices of the Court selectively to the benches ‘of their preference’ without any rationale basis for such assignment. This must be guarded against all costs,” they wrote in a letter to CJI earlier last year.
“The four of us are convinced that unless this institution is preserved and it maintains its equanimity, democracy will not survive in this country,” said Justice Chelameswar, the second senior-most judge of the Supreme Court.
“Today’s press conference could have been avoided, but the Supreme Court judges are all statesman with vast experience and knowledge, and I am sure by tomorrow, the entire issue would be resolved,” Attorney General (AG) KK Venugopal said on Friday.