New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Wednesday hear a plea challenging the appointment of Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud asked advocate R.P. Luthra, who mentioned the matter before it for early hearing, to file the mentioning memo before the court master.Also Read - Dhanbad Judge's Murder: Supreme Court Takes Suo Motu Cognisance, Seeks Report From Jharkhand Within A Week
Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who is one of the four judges who revolted against Chief Justice Dipak Misra, was appointed as the next CJI on September 13. Luthra had urged the top court to fix a date for an early hearing as the matter, he said, was urgent. Replying to the plea, the bench said, “You wait and see. You give the mentioning memo, we will see to it.” Also Read - Pegasus Snooping Row: Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Plea Next Week
In the plea, Luthra and petitioner advocate Satyaveer Sharma sought quashing of the order of the appointment of Justice Gogoi as the CJI. Relying on the content of the press conference called by the four revolting judges, the petitioners, in their plea, sought arbitration of the question of law. Also Read - Odisha Board Class 12 Results: CHSE Requests 2 Weeks Extension in Deadline. Deets Inside
“This act of the four senior most judges of the court was not less than a sabotage to the judicial system of the country. They tried to arouse public furore in the country in the names of certain internal differences in this court,” the plea reads.
It said that “the petitioners are aggrieved of the actions and omissions on the part of respondent 1 (Union of India) and respondent 2 (Chief Justice of India), which has resulted into appointment of respondent 3 (Justice Ranjan Gogoi) as the Chief Justice of India instead of reprimanding him for his illegal and anti-institutional act”.
On January 12, four-senior judges – Justice J Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Madan Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph – in an unprecedented move, took on the functioning of the apex court alleging irregularities and the Chief Justice of India (CJI) for being unresponsive to their frequent requests.
“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 at the press conference.