In an unprecedented move, four sitting Supreme Court judges addressed a press conference in New Delhi today to launch a sharp attack on Chief Justice Dipak Misra, accusing him of not hearing their concerns.
Justice J Chelameswar, along with three other senior-most judges of the Supreme Court (Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Madan Lokur), held a press conference at the former’s official residence, 4 Tughlak Road in the national capital.
“With no pleasure, we are compelled take the decision to call a press conference. The administration of the Supreme Court is not in order, and many things, which are less than desirable, have happened in the last few months,” Justice Chelameswar said, calling the press conference an “extraordinary event in the history of judiciary”.
“We cannot be accused of selling our souls. We have a responsibility to the nation and the institution,” Justice Chelameswar, who is the second most senior judge of the Supreme Court, said.
Justice Chelameswar said: “This morning we met the CJI and said that certain issues should be rectified and remedied. Inspite of four judges present, nothing was done. The issues raised with the CJI was not heard. We are now forced to go public with the issues. The administration of the SC is not in order and many things which are less than desirable have happened in last few months. We collectively tried to persuade CJI that certain things aren’t in order so take remedial measures, but unfortunately our efforts failed.”
On the question of whether the CJI should be impeached, Chelameswar said: “Let the nation decide that.”