The press conference held by four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court i.e. Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Madan Bhimrao Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph against Chief Justice Dipak Misra is indeed unprecedented.
The insinuations are clear: democracy, the basis of India, is at stake and there are some who are selling the souls. All these senior most judges have an impeccable reputation and Justice Ranjan Gogoi is in line to succeed Chief Justice Dipak Misra.
The entire nation effectively plunged into a state of serious worry if the silence of the Government of India and its favourite TRP channels are any indication.
The Congress whose top brass are meeting questioned interference with India’s judiciary.
For the first time in history, 4 sitting SC judges publicly questioned the functioning of the Supreme Court. Is the Modi Govt interfering with India’s judiciary? #DemocracyInDanger pic.twitter.com/T79EeYyMPU
— Congress (@INCIndia) January 12, 2018
The question is what is the way out? Former Law Minister Hans Raj Bhardwaj stated that it is the responsibility of the Law Minister to see how it functions.
It’s the loss of prestige of the entire institution. If you lose public’s trust what remains? Judiciary must remain pillar of democracy. It’s responsibility of Law Minister to see how it functions: Hansraj Bhardwaj, former Union Law Minister on allegations made by the 4 SC judges pic.twitter.com/kcnn9DoNX0
— ANI (@ANI) January 12, 2018
The suggestion of Bhardwaj is unlikely to find many takers.
Former Chief Justice R M Lodha told NDTV that Chief Justice must show statesmanship.
— NDTV (@ndtv) January 12, 2018
Sources in the Supreme Court of India were quoted saying that ‘every judge equal and cases are distributed fairly’.
If that was the case, there was no need for a press conference.
Yet, there is no doubt that unless the issues raised today by four senior most judges are effectively addressed, there shall be far reaching consequences beyond the judiciary.