New Delhi, Jan 13: The Congress party on Saturday came down hard on the government saying that everyone has a right to question and it shouldn’t interfere. Speaking with ANI, Tehseen Poonawalla said, “…that is how democracies work.” Earlier in the day, the grand-old party questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi for sending Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra to the residence of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra despite saying that the government will not interfere in the matter and they (Supreme Court judges) should resolve it at the earliest.
The development came a day after four senior Judges Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph, Madan B. Lokur and Justice Chelameswar – claimed that the Supreme Court administration was “not in order” of having irregularities in the functioning of the apex court. (Also Read: CJI Unlikely to Introduce Any Changes at Supreme Court, Claims Report)
“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. (Also Read: Bar Council of India Forms 7-member Delegation to Resolve The Matter)
About the senior Supreme Court judges’ allegations, Poonawalla said that if what the four “judges have said is a problem then there is no reason to doubt why they are saying is a problem”. “They must be taken seriously by judiciary. There was Justice Loya, something went wrong and that may not be clear in public domain, needs to be clear, faith in (the) judiciary is complete,” he added. (Also Read: ‘Chief Justice First Among Equals’: Top Quotes From Supreme Court Judges’ Letter to CJI)
The judges alleged that the CJI Dipak Misra for not adhering to the rules in assigning cases which has made them “doubt” the integrity of the Supreme Court. Leaving the judiciary and the country stunned, the judges released an undated seven-page letter, they had written to the CJI, claiming that they have not received any response to the letter. The letter mentioned that the CJI is master of the roster but this was “not a recognition of any superior authority, legal or factual of the Chief Justice over his colleagues”.