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SC row: 7-member delegation of Bar Council to meet four judges, CJI for early resolution of their differences

Manan Kumar Mishra, Chairman of Bar Council of India, said that a seven-member committee will be set up that will meet all the four judges and CJI Dipak Misra.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: January 13, 2018 20:45 IST ]
Chairman of Bar Council of India Manan Kumar Mishra
Chairman of Bar Council of India Manan Kumar Mishra

The Bar Council of India (BCI) today held a meeting to discuss the crisis cropped up following the media briefing of four senior-most Supreme Court judges. 

Manan Kumar Mishra, Chairman of Bar Council of India, said that a seven-member delegation barring the five senior-most judges, will be set up to discuss the present crisis. The delegation will meet all the four judges and CJI Dipak Misra.

“We want the matter be solved at the earliest,” Mishra said. 

“BCI forms seven-member team to meet all SC judges barring the five senior-most judges to discuss present crisis,” Misra said.

Mishra also expressed displeasure at the politicians jumping into the matter.

He informed that a resolution was passed at today’s meet, urging “no political party or leader should take undue advantage of the situation arising out of the presser by four senior SC judges”.

The BCI said that “it will take opinion of other judges, expresses the view that such issues should not be made public”.

“Whatever differences judges have over roaster or allocation of cases, should be resolved by in-house mechanism without airing views in public,” it noted.

Earlier in the day, two of the four senior-most Supreme Court judges who virtually revolted against CJI Dipak Misra over "selective" case allocation and certain judicial orders, today said that “there is no Constitutional crisis”. 

The two judges -- Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Ranjan Gogoi, also rejected suggestions that the four of them had violated discipline by addressing the media.

The four senior most judges of the Supreme Court -- justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, MB Lokur and Kurian Joseph -- had yesterday called a press conference in New Delhi and said the situation in the top court was "not in order" and many "less than desirable" things have taken place.

Unless this institution is preserved, "democracy will not survive in this country," they had said.

Justice Chelameswar, the second senior judge after the Chief Justice of India, had said "sometimes administration of the Supreme Court is not in order and many things which are less than desirable have happened in the last few months".

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