Everything Settled, Says Attorney General On Supreme Court Judges Rift

| January 15 , 2018 , 15:24 IST

Attorney General KK Venugopal on Monday issued an assurance that the public rift between 4 senior judges of the Supreme Court and the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had ended informally. The rift was sparked by the judges calling a press conference on Friday. 

"There was an informal meeting in the morning. Now everything has been settled, courts are functioning," AG Venugopal said to media, adding that "the storm in a tea-cup had been solved".

For the first time in the history of independent India, 4 top judges of the Supreme Court called a press conference on Friday saying that the administration of the Supreme Court "is not in order", appealing to the nation to "save their institution" if they wanted democracy to survive.

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The 4 judges, Justices Madan B. Lokur, Kurien Joseph, Ranjan Gogoi and Jasti Chelameswar, addressing the press conference levelled allegations against CJI Misra, saying that he would assign cases to benches of justices arbitrarily.  

"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," said Justice Chelameswar, on behalf of 4 judges.

The press conference by the Supreme Court judges was met with mixed reactions by the public and politicians. While several felt that the judges should not have resorted to media to sort their differences, others said that they must have had a good reason for going public with their allegations.

The Congress levelled allegations against the government for pressurising the apex court, while the BJP condemned the Congress for 'politicising' the internal issues of the judiciary.