In conversation with Arun Shourie on dissenting judges, judicial independence and the ‘established’ media.
The constitution bench, formed earlier to hear the Aadhaar matter, comprises CJI Dipak Misra and Justices A.K. Sikri, A.M. Khanwilkar, D.Y. Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan.
Karan Thapar interviews former Union Minister of Law and Justice Ashwani Kumar about the unprecedented press conference by the four Supreme Court Justices, its implications and repercussions.
It was — and remains — the duty of the chief justice of India to give confidence to the entire judicial fraternity that no magistrate across the land need feel unsafe under his watch.
A look at how the case progressed.
Siddharth Varadarajan, founding editor of The Wire, discusses the implications of today’s historic press conference by four top justices of the Supreme Court.
“Democracy won’t survive without a free judiciary.”
Full text of the letter four senior Supreme Court Justices submitted to the CJI several months ago. A press conference on the same issue was held on Friday.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud today took note of the submission seeking urgent hearing on the plea for a probe into the case.
“It would not be inaccurate to say that one of our most powerful and respected institutions is not keen or able to look after its own – its judges”.
“A judicial probe at this point, at least to respond to the queries of raised by the family, and to uphold the image of the judiciary in the eyes of the people of India, is absolutely necessary.”
The court has suggested that any complaint against a judge and investigation by the CBI should not be given publicity, ignoring the fact that public functionaries act under public scrutiny.
Given the allegations of impropriety against him, should Justice Dipak Misra become the next CJI just because he is the senior-most judge in the Supreme Court?
Justice Chelameswar says the practice of not keeping records of collegium meetings hurts the judiciary’s credibility and its relations with the executive.