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PM's Principal Secretary Turns up at CJI's Residence, Congress Seeks Answers

The gates to the CJI's residence were not opened and after waiting for a while, the principal secretary to the Prime Minister was seen driving back.

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Updated:January 13, 2018, 6:54 PM IST
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PM's Principal Secretary Turns up at CJI's Residence, Congress Seeks Answers
Principal secretary to PM, Nripendra Misra, outside Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra’s residence in Delhi on Saturday. (ANI/Twitter)
New Delhi: Prime minister Narendra Modi's principal secretary, Nripendra Misra, turned up at the residence of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, a day after four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court revolted against the CJI, raising questions over "selective" case allocation.

The visuals showed Nripendra Misra driving to the CJI's official residence. However, the gates were not opened and after waiting for a while, the principal secretary to the Prime Minister was seen driving back.

In an unprecedented move, the four judges launched a public attack against the CJI's alleged arbitrary way of assigning important cases, including the case linked with justice B H Loya's mysterious death. Loya was hearing the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case.

Misra downplayed the issue and said he was only paying a visit to his old neighbor and it had nothing to do with the ongoing rift in the Supreme Court. “I had dropped my visiting card to wish him New Year. I did not meet him. I had not gone to meet him with any subject. He was my neighbour when we both lived on Tughlaq Road,” he said.

This did not assuage the Congress, who was quick to criticise the government, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi must give an answer as to why a "special messenger" was sent to the CJI.

"As PM's Principal Secretary, Nripendra Misra visits CJI's residence at 5, Krishna Menon Marg; PM must answer the reason for sending this special messenger to Chief Justice of India," the party's chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted.

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