SC rift resolved, judges resume work

Lawrence Cooper
January 16, 2018

The mysterious death of Judge BH Loya's case has taken a sensational turn after noted Supreme Court lawyer Dushyant Dave alleged that Justice Arun Mishra had close links with top BJP leaders.

None of the four judges - Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, feature in the list of members of the 5-judge constitution bench.

The Bar Council of India (BCI) members today met 15 judges of the Supreme Court following the crisis in the apex judiciary and they have assured that the issues have been resolved.

The rift between the (CJI) and four senior judges has been "laid to rest", the (BCI) said on Monday. Unfortunately our efforts failed. The judges said that democracy was at stake and hence they had to come out in the open.

This included the petitions seeking a probe into the death of CBI judge B.H. Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case. "Our efforts have failed in convincing CJI to take steps to protect the institution".

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Justice Chelameswar described it as an extraordinary event in the history of Indian judiciary. There are many things less than desirable that have happened in the last few months...

Justice Gogoi said "nobody is breaking the rank and it is discharge of debt to nation which we have done". "We, therefore, urge you to take immediate steps in this regard". "All judges whom we met said everything will be sorted out".

This Constitution Bench comprises Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan. "Now everything has been settled, courts are functioning", reported NDTV quoting Attorney General KK Venugopal. Speaking further, Mishra said that the focus was that no political party is able to utilize this conflict for their own profit, and since this was an internal problem, it should be resolved by talking to the parties.

Meanwhile, advocate R.P. Luthra moved the apex court in a public interest litigation case related to the crisis. "Even the matters listed on Monday i.e. January 15, 2018, should also be transferred as per our request", it said.

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