SC crisis to end soon, says BCI panel after assurances from CJI and judges

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* A seven-member Bar Council of India delegation met with Chief Justice Dipak Misra this evening, and said the crisis in the Supreme Court will be sorted out soon.

“We met CJI in a congenial atmosphere, everything will be sorted out. Bar council’s role is very limited, judges have assured it there will be no problem at all,” BCI chairman Manan Mishra told mediapersons after the 50 minute long meeting.

* Supreme Court Bar Association president Vikas Singh also had a meeting with the CJI, during which he handed over a resolution on the apparent rift between Misra and the top court’s senior-most judges.

“I met the CJI and handed over a copy of the resolution. He said that he would look into it and ensure there was congeniality in the Supreme Court at the earliest,” Singh told PTI after his 15-minute meeting with Justice Misra.

* Four former senior Indian judges on Sunday wrote an open letter addressed to CJI Dipak Misra in support of the rebel quartet who had criticised the distribution of cases to judges and raised concerns about judicial appointments at a first of its kind press conference on Friday.

Former SC judge P B Sawant, ex-chief justice of Delhi High Court A P Shah, former Madras High Court judge K Chandru and ex-Bombay High Court judge H Suresh said they agree with the issues raised by the four apex court judges over allocation of cases and the crisis needs to be resolved “within the judiciary”.

* Hectic parleys took place throughout the day as the BCI panel met justices J Chelameswar, R K Agrawal, A M Khanwilkar and other top court judges to discuss the the crisis that has hit the judiciary.

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BCI chairman
Manan Mishra
attested that there was no constitutional crisis in the apex court and the matter would be resolved internally.

“We have been told that there is no crisis. It is an internal matter which will be resolved soon. I am sure a solution will be found in 2-3 days,” Mishra was quoted as saying by ANI.

* The Coordination Committee of the Delhi District Court Bar Associations called the presser by the four senior-most SC judges as “unfortunate” and resolved that they would take to the streets if the crisis was not resolved within 10 days.

Following a meeting, the committee observed that the CJI “should have kept his house in order” and suggested that an internal mechanism should be developed to settle such disputes in the judiciary and a judicial accountability bill should be brought to prevent such incidents.

* The BCI had on Saturday decided to send a delegation to meet a majority of the Supreme Court Judges on Sunday so that the crisis can be resolved at the earliest.

“The council is of the unanimous view that it is an internal matter of the Supreme Court. The council has hope and trust that the judges of the Supreme Court will realise the seriousness of the issue and in future may avoid any such situation that politicians or political parties could take undue advantage of and or which could cause harm to our judiciary,” the BCI said in a statement on Saturday.

*Last Friday, four senior-most judges of the Supreme court — justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph — had mounted a virtual revolt against the CJI at a press meet in Delhi raising litany of problems including assignment of cases.

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(With inputs from Agencies)

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