The Hush Post: In an unusual move and a first of its kind in India, four judges of the Supreme Court held a press conference today appealing the nation to save their institution if they wanted democracy in the country to survive. Justices Madan B Lokur, Kurien Joseph, Ranjan Gogoi and Jasti Chelameswar addressed the press conference on the lawns of Justice Chelameswar’s official residence here.
“The administration of the SC is not in order and many things which are less than desirable have happened in last few months,” Justice Chelameswar told media at the press conference . All four said that there are several irregularities happening within the Supreme Court and CJI is not amenable to requests of the senior four. “The four of us gave a letter to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) some months ago,” the Judges said. The Justices didn’t specify what the issues they discussed are. The press conference was held at the residence of J Chelameswar. Senior advocate Indira Jaising was present at the press conference even prior to its commencement.
“This is an extraordinary event and it is with no pleasure we are doing this…We are left with no choice but to address the nation,’ said Justice Chelameswar.
Meanwhile , after the judges’ press conference got over, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the law minister along with a law officer for a meeting.
When asked if they believe the Chief Justice should be impeached, Justice J Chelameswar said, “We are nobody to decide, let the nation decide.”
He said, “We owe a responsibility to the institution and the nation. Our efforts have failed in convincing the CJI (Chief Justice of India) to take steps to protect the institution.”
“Even this morning, the four of us went and met the Chief Justice of India and tried to persuade him to accept that certain things are not in order and that he should take remedial measures. Unfortunately, we couldn’t convince him. We all (four judges) are convinced that unless this institution is preserved and (is allowed to) maintain its equanimity, democracy will not survive in this country or any country,” Justice Chelameswar said.