New Delhi, Jan 13: Breaking silence after a day of the historic press conference, Supreme Court judge Kurien Joseph on Saturday said that he along three other judges stood up for justice and judiciary in the country. Kurien along Justice Chelameswar, Justice Madan Lokur and Justice Ranjan on Friday alleged that the conduct of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra was compromising the institutional integrity of the Supreme Court. Also Read - Amid Lockdown, Supreme Court Issues Notice to Centre on Plea Seeking Payment of Wages to Migrant Workers
Talking to a local channel in hometown, Kurien said they stood for justice and judiciary. He expected that issue will be resolved sooner. “Stood up for justice and judiciary. That is what we said there (in New Delhi) yesterday. Nothing beyond that. An issue has come to attention. It will certainly be solved since it has come to the attention,” PTI quoted Kurien as saying. [Also read: Supreme Court Bar Association to Hold Meeting in Evening to Discuss Crisis at Top Court] Also Read - Stick to Official Sources, Avoid Misinformation: Supreme Court Tells Media Outlets
In a letter, four judges of the apex court alleged that Dipak Misra was allotting the cases, having resounding implications, to preferred benches in an arbitrary manner. They added that the administration of the top court is not in order and it is seriously challenging the institutional integrity. Also Read - Migrant Exodus: 'Providing Food to 23 Lakh People,' Centre Tells SC; Says 'Fake News' Biggest Challenge
The press conference created an uproar in corridors of power. Commenting the crisis, Attorney general K K Venugopal said the issue will be resolved by Monday.“Let’s hope everything works out very well. I am sure everything will be settled,” said Venugopal. He added that the conference could have been avoided and issue must have resolved internally.
For early settlement of the issue, Supreme Court Bar Association will also hold its meeting on Saturday evening. The association further dismissed any possibility of impeachment of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. SCBA President Vikas Singh said the issues must be solved internally and there was no need to hold a press conference. “There is no question of impeachment in this case. This has to be addressed within the system rather than going to press like this. You go for a press conference to reveal, but the intention of this press conference was to conceal,” News18 quoted Singh as saying.