House mechanism, not politicos, can solve SC crisis: Vikas Singh

CJI should give explanation on charges made by Judges: AAP

The SC has two collegiums - one that has the chief justice and two of his immediate juniors in a three-member panel to pick high court judges, and the other that has the CJI and his four juniors who pick judges to the Supreme Court. "We will write a letter to the government for the same, but it is not that big a matter to be brought in public", the Bar Council of India chairman added.

Manan Kumar Mishra said, " We have unanimously made a decision to form a 7-member delegation of the Council who will meet Hon. judges of the Supreme Court. It is with no pleasure we come before you but are compelled to do so. Four get together and show the Chief Justice in a poor light.

"The Five Judge Bench which passed the order of 10 November, 2017 was constituted by the CJI ignoring senior most Judges being J2, J3, J4, J5, J7, J9, J11, J13, J14 and J15", Dave has flagged. The four judges had tried to meet the CJI to prevail upon him to take corrective action and not assign cases arbitrarily but in vain. Some senior advocates like K T S Tulsi said there could have been some "compelling" reasons for the four judges to lay bare their differences. "No wise man after 20 years should say that we - Justices Chelameswar, Gogoi, Lokur, and Joseph - sold our souls", he said.

"Today's press conference could have been avoided, but the Supreme Court judges are all statesman with vast experience and knowledge, and I am sure by tomorrow, the entire issue would be resolved", Venugopal told ANI on Friday.

They said the issue should not be politicised and the dignity of the institution of the Supreme Court be maintained. All citizens who love the idea of justice, who believe in the Supreme Court, are looking at this issue and it's important that its addressed. "Necessary steps would be taken by the institution itself to sort it out", Justice Joseph said, when asked if outside intervention was required to solve the matter. People, including media, are reluctant to discuss judiciary.

Referring to Congress' remarks on the unprecedented move by the judges, Mishra said, "We have given an opportunity to Rahul Gandhi and the political parties to talk about our judiciary, it's unfortunate".

As the matter on MoP resulted from a decision of the Constitution Bench in 2016, the letter said, "It is hard to understand as to how any other Bench could have dealt with the matter....any issue with regard to MoP should be discussed in the Chief Justices' Conference and by the Full Court".

"We tried to collectively persuade the chief justice of India that certain things are not right and remedial measures need to be taken, but unfortunately we failed". It needs to be looked into carefully. She maintained that judiciary and media are the pillars of democracy and that interference by the Centre in the workings of judiciary is unsafe for democracy.

What irked the top legal luminaries of the country against the four judges is that they went to the press instead of trying to resolve the matter internally.

CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said a thorough investigation was required to understand how the independence and integrity of the judiciary was getting "affected", after the judges said many "less than desirable" things had taken place in the apex court.

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