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After 7 Years Of Historic Judgments, Justice J. Chelmeshwar Retires From Supreme Court

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| June 22 , 2018 , 18:55 IST

Justice Jasti Chelmeshwar is retired from the Supreme Court of India on Friday. Chelmeshwar was the senior-most judge of the apex court after the Chief Justice of India Deepak Mishra before his retirement.

Justice Chelmeshwar had hit the headline in the month of January this year after he along with three other senior judges of the Supreme Court held a press conference to raise voice against the working style of the Chief Justice of India, Deepak Mishra.

Along with justices Ranjan Gogoi, MB Lokur and Kurian Joseph, he had raised questions on "selective" allocation of cases, including the sensitive case of special CBI judge BH Loya, who died on December 1, 2014.

He said in the conference, “Unless this institution (Supreme Court) is preserved and it maintains its equanimity, democracy will not survive in this country, or any country. The survival of a democracy, it is said, the hallmark of a good democracy is an independent and impartial judge,”

Justice Chelameswar was a part of the nine-judge bench that gave the historic verdict declaring the right to privacy as a fundamental right.

Chelameswar was also a part of the bench that had struck down controversial section 66A of the Information Technology Act which provided the law enforcement agencies the power to arrest a person for posting offensive contents on the web, on grounds of violation of fundamental rights.

He had also led the three-judge bench that had referred the pleas against Aadhaar to the larger bench while he made it clear that no person shall be deprived of social benefits due to want of the 12-digit national unique identification number (Aadhaar).