Supreme Court of India Justice J Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice M B Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph, in an unprecedented move, held a press conference today on various issues relating to the apex court judiciary at Justice Chelameswar’s Tughlaq Road residence in Delhi.
In the conference, Justice Chelameswar, who is the second senior-most judge in the apex court mentioned, “Sometimes administration of the Supreme Court is not in order and many things which are less than desirable have happened…”.
Acknowledging the fact that this is the first time ever in the history of India, that any press conference has been organized to publicize the internal matter of the court, Justice Chelameswar further added, “there was no pleasure in it”. He justifies the matter by saying, “We owe a responsibility to the institution and the nation. Our efforts have failed in convincing the Chief Justice to take steps to protect the institution”.
In the conference the judges also publicize a scathing letter, written to Chief Justice Misra–refers to “master of roster” and says he is “first among equals, nothing more, nothing less”–last November, alleging “selective assignment of cases to preferred judges” and that “sensitive cases were being allotted to junior judges”.