Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

SUPREME COURT JUDGES TAKE FIRST STEPS TO­WARDS TRUCE

- Ashok Ba­griya and Bhadra Sinha let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com Crime · Discrimination · Justice · Human Rights · Society · Law · New Delhi · Delhi · Supreme Court of India · India · Dipak Misra · Ranjan Gogoi · Kurian Joseph

NEW DELHI: A group of Supreme Court judges is bro­ker­ing peace be­tween Chief Jus­tice of In­dia (CJI) Di­pak Misra and his four se­nior col­leagues, Jus­tices Jasti Che­lameswar, Ran­jan Go­goi, MB Lokur and Kurian Joseph (the sec­ond, third, fourth, and fifth most se­nior re­spec­tively).

A res­o­lu­tion, and some ad­min­is­tra­tive changes in the Supreme Court that ad­dresses the griev­ances of the four judges, are im­mi­nent, said a per­son fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter who asked not to be iden­ti­fied.

On Tues­day, CJI Misra met in his cham­bers the four judges who had aired griev­ances against him in a press con­fer­ence last week. Ar­jan Ku­mar Sikri, the sixth se­nior-most judge in the court, and two other judges were also present dur­ing the meet­ing. The meet­ing, which started at 10.10 am, lasted for around 15 min­utes be­fore the judges took up their work for their day, added the per­son.

The five judges will meet again on Wed­nes­day, this per­son said. Sikri, who is not seen as part of the prob­lem by ei­ther the CJI or the four judges, is be­lieved to be the man who pre­vailed on the CJI to break the dead­lock.

The role of Jus­tice Sikri and the other me­di­at­ing judges is cru­cial be­cause af­ter Fri­day’s press con­fer­ence by the four judges, both sides dug in their heels. The CJI was of the opin­ion that the four judges had breached ju­di­cial dis­ci­pline by go­ing pub­lic with af­fairs of the court.

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