They made a reference to a letter that they had written to the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra in which they highlighted the corrosion and compromise taking place within the institution of the judiciary and especially within the portals of the Supreme Court.
Chelameswar, speaking beside his colleagues, Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph, said they did not want to be accused of not having spoken up for the institution, or of "selling their souls". "The judge is symbolic here, it is the institution", he said.
"Our judiciary is reputed all over the world, is independent and will sort out the matter itself", Minister of State for Law P P Chaudhury said. The action drew mixed reactions, with some praising the four judges while others condemning them. We had no choice but to communicate to the nation to take care of the institution. I'm very upset about this, I wish the four Supreme Court judges hadn't done this.
"When the Memorandum of Procedure was the subject matter of a decision of a Constitution Bench of this court in Supreme Court, Advocates on Record Association and (Another) vs Union of India (2016), it is hard to understand as to how any other bench could have dealt with the matter", they told the chief justice.
Taking exception to the order, the judges wrote to the CJI: "When the Memorandum of Procedure was the subject matter of a decision of a Constitution Bench in Supreme Court Advocate on Record Association and another vs Union of India... it is hard to understand how any bench could have dealt with the matter..." Stand firmly with the four judges.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee voiced "anguish" over the happenings in the Supreme Court today where four top judges virtually revolted against the Chief Justice of India, saying the development made people sad as citizens.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday described the concerns expressed by four Supreme Court judges over the institution's functioning as "extremely important", and also sought an investigation into the death of judge BH Loya by the "highest level" of the apex court.More news: Manhunt underway for suspected cop killer in Washington state
"Judges had to come before the media and take this unprecedented step".
The judges had stated in the letter to the CJI that cases with far reaching consequences were assigned selectively.
January 12 (ANI): In an unprecedented development, four sitting judges of the Supreme Court aired their grievances regarding the functioning of the apex court on Friday.
The four judges also touched upon another controversial issue, the Memorandum of Procedure on appointment of judges over which the Supreme Court had locked horns with the government.
He said the Supreme Court judges are all statesmen with their experience and knowledge and he was hopeful that differences between them will be fully resolved in the next few days.
"Politics by political parties of the country, outside the judicial purview, trying to drag issues which are internal to the judiciary and politicise that is something which should not be attempted", BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said".
Observers say it was unprecedented for Indian judges to publicly criticize the head of the country's highest court.
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