For The First Time, 4 Supreme Court Judges Appeal To The Nation 'To Save Their Institution'

| January 12 , 2018 , 13:36 IST

The apex court of the nation, the Supreme Court of India is known for its stately protocol. Breaking from traditions, for the first time in independent India's history, 4 judges of the Supreme Court called a press conference on Friday, appealing to the nation to "save their institution" if they wanted democracy to survive.

The press conference was called by Justices Madan B. Lokur, Kurien Joseph, Ranjan Gogoi and Jasti Chelameswar and took place from the lawns of Justice Chelameswar's official residence in New Delhi.

Justice Chelameswar, speaking on behalf of the 4 judges, lamented over "compromise" taking place within the institution of the judiciary, especially within the Supreme Court.

"We owe a responsibility to the institution and the nation. Our efforts have failed in convincing the CJI (Chief Justice of India) to take steps to protect the institution," Justice Chelameswar said referring to CJI Dipak Misra who took oath as the 45th Chief Justice of India on August 28, 2017.

"Even this morning, the four of us went and met the Chief Justice of India and tried to persuade him to accept that certain things are not in order and that he should take remedial measures. Unfortunately, we couldn't convince him. We all (four judges) are convinced that unless this institution is preserved and (is allowed to) maintain its equanimity, democracy will not survive in this country or any country," Justice Chelameswar added.

"The hallmark of a good democracy is an independent and impartial judge. The judge is symbolic here, it is an institution," he said.

The 4 judges have also sent a 7-page letter to the CJI, highlighting their issues.

The press conference was mixed reactions, while Supreme Court advocate KTS Tulsi felt that the judges must have had compelling reasons to take their step, retired justice R S Sodhi slammed the judges for calling a press conference, calling it "immature & childish behaviour".

"It's quite shocking. There must have been compelling reasons for the senior-most judges to have adopted this course of action. One could see pain on their faces while they were speaking," Supreme Court advocate KTS Tulsi said.

"Issues don't matter. It is their complaint on administrative matter. They are only 4, there are 23 others. 4 get together and show the Chief Justice in a poor light. It is immature & childish behaviour," said retired Justice R S Sodhi.

"I think all 4 judges should be impeached, they have no business to sit there and deliver verdicts anymore. This trade unionism is wrong. Democracy in danger is not for them to say, we have parliament, courts, police functioning," he added.

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This Vedic astrology writer’s related predictions in article - “ Astrologically speaking , some highlights for India in coming year 2018” - published last year at on 19 October , 2017. Just reproducing : -“ The year 2018 looks to be bringing to focus themes of political , religious or spiritual nature for a heightened or sharp analysis or discussion. Such analysis or discussion could also pave way for new enactments or judicial pronouncements having far reaching significance or value covering issues related to ……….political class”. Here , the words political and spiritual also include judiciary because they exercise sovereign power of State and are required to be ‘spiritual’ in that exercise, which means absolute honesty , integrity and devotion to the Constitution. So intent of the prediction can be read to cover themes of judiciary also for a heightened or sharp analysis and discussion. At another place in the article it has been predicted : -“Mid-March to 31 May 2018…………..Those involved in decision making , or governance of big enterprises , or big organizations or think-tanks in the Govt could be prone to errors or fault-lines or controversies giving rise to need for revision or amendment”. So while prediction does cover about precise scenario in judiciary to surface , it calls for reading between the lines.