New Delhi, Jan 13: Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that the “mysterious” death of CBI judge Brijgopal Loya is a serious issue and must be probed. The Congress President’s statement came after four senior of the Supreme Court today held a press conference alleging irregularities in the functioning of the apex court.
Addressing a press conference, hours after the four senior judges’ took on the Chief Justice of India (CJI) for being unresponsive to their requests, Gandhi said, “They have also made a point about Judge Loya’s case. I think that is also something that needs to be investigated properly. It needs to be looked at from the highest levels of the Supreme Court.”
“Points raised by the honourable judges need to be looked into carefully.,” Rahul Gandhi said. Taking into consideration the implications of the four senior judges of the apex court publicly slamming Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Gandhi said that all citizens who love the idea of justice are looking at this issue and it should be addressed. (Also Read: ‘Chief Justice First Among Equals’: Top Quotes From Supreme Court Judges’ Letter to CJI)
“Observations made by Hon. Judges are extremely disturbing and have far-reaching consequences for the values that we hold sacred. Specifically the Honorable Judges have highlighted issued two issues, One, the long silence of the government of India of the Memorandum of Procedures finalised by the Supreme Court. Second, Assignment of cases selectively to the benches of their preference without any rational basis,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.
Earlier on Friday, Judges Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph, Madan B. Lokur and Justice Chelameswar, in an unprecedented move, left judiciary and observers stunned after they alleged that the Supreme Court administration was “not in order”. (Also Read: Justice Loya’s Mysterious Death a Serious Issue, Says Supreme Court)
“Administration of the Supreme Court is not in order. Many things less than desirable have happened in the last few months. We owe a responsibility to the institution and the nation. We tried to collectively persuade the chief justice that certain things are not in order and remedial measures are necessary. Unfortunately, our efforts have failed in convincing the Chief Justice of India to take steps to protect this institution,” Justice Chelameswar said.
The judges also released an undated seven-page letter they had sent to the CJI Dipak Misra which said that the Chief Justice was the master of the roster but this was “not a recognition of any superior authority, legal or factual of the Chief Justice over his colleagues”.
Downplaying the developments over the day, the government sources said that it was an internal matter of the judiciary and it (the judiciary) must sort things out.
On the senior Supreme Court judges alleging irregularities in the top court, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Subramanian Swamy said that the judges should not be criticised as “they are men of great integrity and have sacrificed a lot of their legal career”.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra attacked Rahul Gandhi and accused him of playing politics over the Supreme Court issue soon after the Congress President urged an investigation into Justice Loya’s “mysterious” death. Patra also said that Attorney General has given the statement over the issue and no politics should be played on it. “By politicising the issue, the Congress has exposed itself,” he added. (Also Read: Judges Will Resolve Their Differences, Says Attorney General)
“This is an internal matter of the Supreme Court,AG has given statement. No politics should be played. Surprised and pained that Congress which has been rejected number of times by people in elections is trying to gain political mileage, it has exposed itself. Under the Constitutional scheme of this country, the judiciary is independent and it has its own internal mechanism,” the BJP leader stated.