Former High Court judges and legal luminaries have expressed concern and disappointment after four sitting judges of the Supreme Court held an unprecedented press conference over allocation of cases in the top judiciary. At the press meet, Justice J Chelameswar, the second senior-most judge in the top court, said the administration of the top court is “not in order" and that efforts to convince Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had “failed". Chelameswar sounded caution over the “survival of democracy" and replying to a question on whether the CJI should be impeached said it was for the nation to “decide". Apart from J Chelameswar, other sitting judges present included Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Kurien Joseph, who rank third, fourth and fifth in the order of seniority, respectively. Soon after the press conference, CJI Dipak Misra met Attorney General KK Venugopal, while sources said the government is not likely to intervene anytime soon.
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