Supreme Court Unrest: Congress Questions Why Nripendra Misra Visited the CJI
Written by: Tanya Patel - January 13, 2018
On Saturday, the Congress questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi on why he sent his principal secretary Nripendra Misra to Chief Justice Dipak Misra’s house. This comes a day after the four senior judges of the Supreme Court held press conference rebelling against Dipak Misra.
News channels spotted Nripendra Misra was seen sitting in her car outside the Chief Justice’s residence in New Delhi. The Congress Spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted, “As PM’s Principal Secretary, Nripendra Misra visits CJI’s residence at 5, Krishna Menon Marg; PM must answer the reason for sending this special messenger to Chief Justice of India.”
This development comes a day after Justice J. Chelameswar along with the three senior most Supreme Court Judges went against Justice Misra over the allocation of benches.
The unprecedented rebellion by the Supreme Court of India has raised a lot of heads. The four senior Judges Justice Chelameswar, Justice Gogoi, Justice Kurian and Justice Lokur announced that the administration of the Supreme Court was not in order. They claimed there was an urgency to protect democracy as the highest Institute in the Country was compromised.
After these bold claims, the Supreme Court Judges released a letter they wrote to Chief Justice of India Misra. The letter details the problems and issues faced by these judges due to Misra’s decisions.
The four Justices explained that they failed to convince CJI Misra of the urgent need to preserve the judiciary system. The press conference was held at Justice Chelameswar’s residence at 4, Tughlaq Road in New Delhi.
At the press conference, Chelameswar was quoted saying, “It’s an extraordinary event in the history of any nation and in the history of this institution. It’s not a political meeting. Sometimes the administration of the Supreme Court (SC) is not in order and many things which are less than desirable have happened in the last few months.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had contacted the Law Minister R. S. Prasad and discussed the allegations made by the four Supreme Court Judges. Later reports stated that the Government would not involve itself in this issue. The Government claimed the issue in the judiciary system was internal and involvement by the ruling party was not required.
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