JUDGES’ MUTINY FALLOUT: MODI ‘S PRINCIPAL SECRETARY TURNS UP AT CJI’S HOUSE, RETURNS EMPTY HANDED AS GATES NOT OPENED

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The Hush Post: Even as Justice Kurian Joseph, one of the four senior Supreme Court judges who virtually revolted against the Chief Justice of India, said there was no need for outside intervention to solve the problem talking to mediapersons at Kochi, TV visuals showed Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra turning up at the residence of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra in New Delhi. The visuals showed Nripendra Misra driving to the CJI’s official residence. However, the gates were not opened and after waiting for a while, he was seen driving back. The Congress was quick to criticise the government, saying PM Narendra Modi must give an answer as to why a “special messenger” was sent to the CJI.

Justice Joseph expressed confidence that the issues raised by them would be resolved. “An issue was raised. Those concerned have listened to it. Such actions would not occur in future. So (I) believe that the issue has been settled,” he told reporters in Kochi.

He said there was no constitutional lapse on the part of the Chief Justice of India but convention, practice and procedure have to be followed while carrying out his responsibility.

Meanwhile, the Bar Council of India (BCI) has also  formed a seven-member team to meet all judges of the Supreme Court, barring the five senior most judges, to discuss the present crisis in the apex court.

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