New Delhi, Jan 12: In what could trigger a huge debate, four senior most judges of the Supreme Court on Friday questioned the working of the institution and Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra. In an unprecedented move, the four Justices -Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph – appeared before the media putting out their grievances.

“We owe a responsibility to the institution and the nation. Our efforts have failed in convincing CJI to take steps to protect the institution,” said Justice Jasti Chelameswar addressing the media  at his residence.

“With no pleasure we are compelled take the decision to call a press conference. The administration of the SC is not in order and many things which are less than desirable have happened in last few months,” he added. (Four Senior-Most Supreme Court Judges’ Letter to CJI Dipak Misra: Full Text)

Let the nation decide that: Justice J.Chelameswar on if the CJI should be impeached pic.twitter.com/0R1qt8v4mq

Justice Chelameshwar said that they had also met Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and submitted a letter with their concerns to him, but their efforts failed.

Responding to a question whether CJI Misra should be impeached, Justice Chelameswar said,” Let the nation decide that.”

“There is an issue of assignment of a case which is raised in that letter (to CJI),” said Justice Ranjan Gogoi. When asked whether the case was related to the mysterious death of  CBI Judge BH Loya, he said, “Yes.”

Highlights of Press Conference:

  1. Let the nation decide that: Justice Chelameswar on whether CJI Misra should be impeached
  2. Four of us are convinced that for the survival of democracy, an impartial judge and judiciary is needed: Justice Chelameswar
  3. Less than desirable things happened in the past 2 months. We owe a responsibility to the institution and the nation: Justice Chelameswar
  4. With no pleasure we are compelled take the decision to call a press conference. The administration of the SC is not in order and many things which are less than desirable have happened in last few months: Justice J Chelameswar
  5. Even this morning, the four of us went and met the Chief Justice of India and tried to persuade him to accept that certain things are not in order and that he should take remedial measures. Unfortunately, we couldn’t convince him. We all (four judges) are convinced that unless this institution is preserved and (is allowed to) maintain its equanimity, democracy will not survive in this country or any country: Justice Chelameswar