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Supreme Court Crisis: Govt May Keep Distance, Let Judiciary Reach a Solution

Top government sources told News18 that the government is likely to distance itself from the crisis, in the hope that the judges will be able to sort it among themselves.

Marya Shakil | CNN-News18maryashakil

Updated:January 12, 2018, 7:59 PM IST
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New Delhi: The government had suspected a crisis was brewing within the Supreme Court, but no one expected it to snowball into a full blown judicial crisis that saw the top four senior-most judges doing a press conference against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Friday.

Top government sources told News18 that the government is likely to distance itself from the crisis, in the hope that the judges will be able to sort it among themselves.

“This is an internal matter of the judiciary, it is best they solve it themselves,” a top source said, adding that Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has received a copy of the dissenting note circulated by Justice J Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Kurien Joseph.

Earlier in the day, in an unprecedented move, the four judges had addressed the media on the controversy over allocation of cases, saying the administration of the top court is “not in order” and that efforts to convince Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had “failed”.

“The administration of the Supreme Court is not in order and many things less than desirable happened in last few months,” Justice Chelameswer had said, adding, “Things less than desirable has happened in the Supreme Court. We tried to collectively persuade the CJI so that he takes remedial measures but our efforts have failed. Four of us are convinced that for the survival of democracy, an impartial judge and judiciary is needed.”

“We have seen a lot of wise men but we don't want wise men to tell us later after 20 years that the four of us have sold our souls. We construe this as a responsibility to the nation and we have done it,” he said, flanked by his three brother judges.

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| Edited by: Huma Tabassum
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