New Delhi, Jan 17: The Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and four dissenting judges – Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph, Madan B. Lokur and Justice Chelameswar – will meet at lunch on Wednesday, January 17. The development came after the CJI declared that he was “ready to consider” grievances of the four senior Supreme Court judges.Also Read - Supreme Court Approves Proposal For Elevation of 8 New Judges to Patna High Court
CJI Dipak Misra on Tuesday met the four judges to resolve the Supreme Court crisis. The meeting, reportedly called by the CJI himself, lasted for about 15 minutes. The senior judges met the CJI along with Justice A K Sikri and held a discussion over possible solutions to the issues raised. The lunch, which would be brought by one of the judges, comes after efforts of many other judges including Justices NV Ramana, UU Lalit, and DY Chandrachud to resolve the crisis that had been inviting a lot of interference from the political parties. Also Read - It's a Matter of Right, Not Charity: CJI N V Ramana on 50% Reservation For Women in Judiciary
The Bar Council of India on Monday said that the rift between the CJI and the four rebel judges has been “laid to rest”. A day after, Attorney General KK Venugopal said that the “judges’ conflict is not settled”. “From what has been reported, I accept that the judges’ conflict is not settled.We are in the process to resolve the issue. It would be done shortly,” Venugopal said. (Also Read: SC Judges Will Resolve Differences, Says Attorney General) Also Read - ‘Solace to Many Families’: SC Lauds Centre’s Stand on Providing Compensation to Kin of COVID Victims
Earlier on Tuesday, the Supreme Court of India announced the composition of a 5-judge constitution bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra to hear major cases including those challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act. However, the four senior-most judges who rebelled against the CJI saying “all is not well” were not included in the 5-judge constitution bench.
The 5-judge bench which includes CJI Dipak Misra, Justice A K Sikri, Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Ashok Bhushan will start hearing the crucial cases from January 17 onwards.
On January 12, four-senior judges took on the functioning of the Supreme Court alleging irregularities and the Chief Justice of India (CJI) for being unresponsive to their requests. The unprecedented move at a joint news conference by the four top judges, including the second senior judge after the Chief Justice of India, left the judiciary and observers stunned.
“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.