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Two of the four se­nior-most SC judges made their first pub­lic ap­pear­ance with the CJI af­ter air­ing griev­ances ear­lier this month.

NEWDELHI: A fort­night af­ter four se­nior judges of the Supreme Court went pub­lic with their crit­i­cism against Chief Jus­tice Di­pak Misra over al­lo­ca­tion of cases, two of them — Jus­tice MB Lokur and Jus­tice Kurien Joseph — made their first pub­lic ap­pear­ance with the CJI at Supreme Court Bar As­so­ci­a­tion (SCBA) func­tion on Tuesday.

Jus­tice DY Chan­drachud and Jus­tice UU Lalit were also present at the func­tion to mark the launch of SCBA Times, a monthly jour­nal of the as­so­ci­a­tion. How­ever, Jus­tice J Che­lameswar and Jus­tice Ran­jan Go­goi were ab­sent.

While launch­ing the maiden is­sue, the CJI con­grat­u­lated the as­so­ci­a­tion for com­ing out with the jour­nal. Jus­tice Misra said books would re­main in the world as long as civil­i­sa­tion lasts. “Books are an old friend of man. He can al­ways read them for so­lace, sleep with it and gain knowl­edge,” the chief said.

Speak­ing at the launch, Union law min­is­ter Ravi Shankar Prasad said there was need for a na­tional de­bate on si­mul­ta­ne­ous con­duct of polls for Lok Sabha and state As­sem­blies to save cost, pres­sure on se­cu­rity per­son­nel and im­ple­men­ta­tion of wel­fare schemes. He urged the SCBA to de­bate on the cru­cial is­sue, in the jour­nal, be­cause mul­ti­ple elec­tions cre­ate prob­lems in gov­er­nance. Wel­fare schemes, he said, get dis­lo­cated due to model code of con­duct com­ing into force due to fre­quent elec­tions in the coun­try.

“I don’t wish to make any po­lit­i­cal com­ment but just now we had two state elec­tions, Gu­jarat and Hi­machal Pradesh. In one-and-half months we are go­ing to have elec­tions of Tripura and also Megha­laya. There­after we are go­ing to have elec­tions of Kar­nataka. There should be a de­bate as to what is the way for­ward,” he said.

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