A seven-member delegation from the Bar Council of India (BCI) will meet the judges of the Supreme Court in a bid to resolve the controversy over assignment of cases by the Chief Justice of India.
“We have unanimously decided to form a 7-member delegation of the Council who will meet honourable judges of the Supreme Court,” BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra told journalists on Saturday. “We want that the matter be solved at the earliest.”
Mishra was addressing a press conference after a BCI meeting was called earlier in the day to discuss an unprecedented decision by four of the five senior-most judges of the apex court to publicly air their grievances with CJI Dipak Misra.
“We’ve given an opportunity to Rahul Gandhi & political parties to talk about our judiciary, it’s unfortunate,” added Mishra. “On behalf of Bar Council of India, I request him & other political parties to not politicise the matter.”
Prime Minister and law minister had said yesterday itself that it is judiciary’s internal matter and govt won’t be interfering in the matter, and we appreciate the government’s stand: Manan Kumar Mishra, Chairman, Bar Council of India pic.twitter.com/gjmoEioxHc
— ANI (@ANI) January 13, 2018
Calling the issue a “family matter“, Mishra claimed the issue will be resolved soon.
On Friday, four of the five senior-most judges in the Supreme Court broke rank with the CJI to raise concerns on how sensitive cases were being assigned to certain judges.
“There have been instances where case having far reaching consequences for the Nation and the institution had been assigned by the Chief Justices of the Court selectively to the benches ‘of their preference’ without any rationale basis for such assignment. This must be guarded against at all costs,” they wrote in a letter to CJI earlier last year.
“The four of us are convinced that unless this institution is preserved and it maintains its equanimity, democracy will not survive in this country,” said Justice Chelameswar, the second senior-most judge of the apex court.
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