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SC row: There is no crisis, says Justice Ranjan Gogoi

Asked whether their act had amounted to a violation of discipline, Gogoi refused to comment, saying, "I have to catch a flight to Lucknow. I cannot talk."

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: January 13, 2018 17:58 IST ]
SC judge Jasti Chelameswar along with other judges
SC judge Jasti Chelameswar along with other judges addresses a press conference in New Delhi on Friday

A day after virtually revolting against the CJI Dipak Misra, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, one of the four senior Supreme Court judges who briefed the media, today said that “there is no crisis” situation in the judiciary.

"There is no crisis," he told PTI on the sidelines of a programme, when asked about the way forward to resolve the crisis. 

Asked whether their act had amounted to a violation of discipline, Gogoi refused to comment, saying, "I have to catch a flight to Lucknow. I cannot talk." 

The senior apex court judge was here to attend the eastern regional meet of the state legal services authorities. 

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

Unless the institution was preserved, "Democracy will not survive in this country," they had stated. 

Earlier this morning, Justice Kurian Joseph expressed confidence that the issues raised by them would be resolved. Joseph said that they acted solely in the interest of judiciary and justice.

"Stood up for justice and judiciary.... That is what we said there (in New Delhi) yesterday. Nothing beyond that," Justice Joseph said while expressing hope that their actions will bring in more transparency in the administration of the Supreme Court. 

He also rejected suggestions that the four of them had violated discipline.

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