Serious introspection on the dissent by top judges may turn this into an opportunity to overhaul other apparently arbitrary markers present in the judicial exercise of administrative powers.
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.
“I had suspicions earlier, but now have no doubts,” Anuj Loya told a press conference, requesting the media “not to harass the family.”
The top lawyers’ body also resolved that it will take the opinion of other judges and expressed the view that such issues of judges should not be made public.
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.”
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?