Bench of four judges made allegation over CJI Dipak Misra


"This must be guarded against at all costs", the letter signed by justices J. Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B. Lokur and Kurian Joseph said.

The four judges, who rank just after the CJI, stated that "it's an extraordinary event in the history of judiciary". They said the Supreme Court is "not in order" and alleged senior judges were not being properly allocated matters.

The four judges of the apex court issued an appeal to the nation to save the institution from further damage if they want democracy to survive in the country.

All the judges rubbished questions on whether they have broken ranks, with Justice Gogoi saying "nobody is breaking the rank and it is a discharge of debt to the nation, which we have done". "Beyond this, we don't think there is any other issue that we need to address", Justice Gogoi said.

We are protesting against the manner in which CJI Dipak Misra has been allocating the cases to benches.

Four Indian Supreme Court judges complained openly on Friday about the functioning of the country's top court, including the role of the chief justice.

Anoop Mohta, who retired from the high court last month, said: "This is like a volcano erupting".

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The letter that was addressed by these four judges to Misra suggests that as "master of the roster" the CJI had not exercised his power to assign cases to various benches in accordance with conventional rules of bench composition and strength.

Justice Loya's death in mysterious circumstances had become one of the most debated issues of the previous year, and it looks like the case has bled into the year as well.

The apex court now has six judicial vacancies even as seven more judges, including Chief Justice Dipak Misra, are scheduled to retire in the course of 2018. "Therefore, we were left with no choice but to communicate with the nation to please take care of the institution and the nation".

The chief justice's role was "not a recognition of any superior authority" over his colleagues, they added. He called the media interaction a "trade unionism",' immature & childish behaviour'.

"The hallmark of a good democracy is an independent and impartial judge". This trade unionism is wrong.

Former Bombay High Court judges said that the dignity of the judiciary should be maintained in such trying times. Swamy said, " We can't criticize them, they are men of great integrity & have sacrificed a lot of their legal career, where they could've made money as senior counsels.