4 Judges Criticising CJI Dipak Misra Not On The Bench To Hear 7 Key Matters

| January 16 , 2018 , 12:02 IST

In the aftermath of 4 senior judges of the Supreme Court calling a press conference alleging Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra of disparity in the allocation of cases to various judges, neither of the 4 judges are on the bench to hear 7 key cases.

The Supreme Court on Monday listed out 7 key cases that will be heard by a Constitution Bench of 5 judges from January 18, however, none of the 4 judges that called the press conference, namely Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph are on the Bench.

Instead, the Constitution Bench, comprises of CJI Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan.

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The 7 cases that will be heard by the Constitution bench are: challenge to criminalisation of homosexuality (Section 377 case); restrictions on entry of women into the Sabarimala temple; question raised by a Parsi woman barring her entry into a fire temple because she had married outside her religion; a petition challenging the adultery provision in the Indian Penal Code which says that only a man can be punished for adultery, not the woman, and a petition on whether legislators facing criminal cases should be disqualified at the stage of charges being framed against them. The 6th petition before is related to taxation while the 7th deals with consumer law.

Although on Monday Attorney General KK Venugopal has said that the matter had been settled, on Tuesday he said the issue is still being resolved.

"We are in the process of resolving the issue. It would be resolved shortly," Attorney General KK Venugopal said.