In an unprecedented event Friday in the history of the Indian judiciary, four top judges of the Supreme Court met the media and said they were convinced that “unless the judiciary is preserved, democracy can’t be protected in the country”.
The four – Justices J Chelameswar, Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurien Joseph – addressed the media at Justice Chelameswar’s home, an event that Chelameswar said was “extraordinary in the history of any nation” but that they were “compelled” to do it.
Justice Chelameswar said the “administration of the Supreme Court was not in order and many things which are less than desirable have happened in last few months”.
Justice Chelameswar added: “We collectively tried to persuade Chief Justice of India (Dipak Misra) that certain things aren’t in order… so take remedial measures, but unfortunately our efforts failed.”
“Let the nation decide that,” Justice Chelameswar said when asked if the Chief Justice of India should be impeached.
“We met the CJI today with a specific request which unfortunately couldn’t convince him that we were right… therefore, we were left with no choice but to communicate it to the nation to please take care of the institution,” Chelameswar said.
Asked to give an example of what was not in order, Justice Chelameswar said: “A couple of months ago, the four of us gave a signed letter to the CJI. We wanted a particular thing to be done in a particular manner. It was done but in such a way that it raised further questions about the integrity of institution. The same thing happened this morning.”
Justice Ranjan Gogoi said: “There is an issue of assignment of a case which is raised in that letter (to CJI).” On being probed if it was about CBI Judge BH Loya, Justice Gogoi said, “yes”.