Impeachment Of Dipak Misra Not A Solution, System Needs To Be Changed: Justice Chelameswar

| April 8 , 2018 , 08:08 IST

Amidst reports of Opposition parties filing an impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, the senior most judge of the Supreme Court Justice J Chelameswar on Saturday said that the impeachment of CJI was not a solution to the concerns over the assignment of cases, and that the system needed to be made more transparent.

Justice Chelameswar defended the decision to hold a press conference on the issue, where he along with senior judges of the Supreme Court, Justices Madan B. Lokur, Kurien Joseph and Ranjan Gogoi on January 12 alleged CJI Misra of 'arbitrarily' assigning cases to various benches, misusing his powers as 'Master of Roster'.  Justice Chelameswar said that the judges were left with no other option but to go public and that their protest had been meant to improve the system.

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“As a master of roster, the CJI has the power to allocate cases to benches but the power has to be exercised for public good. A authority should not exercise the power just because it has the power. The question is on what basis sensitive matters is being allocated. I am not dying for the case or for glory to write great judgement. The institution has to sustain the faith of people. Is such allocation good for public faith? Justice should not only be done, but also seen to be done,” Justice Chelameswar said.

"I do not understand why people are obsessed about impeachment. Impeachment cannot be solution of every problem. The other day I was reading somewhere that I should be impeached. It is important to correct the system and to set up a system where doubt and suspicion do not arise. The functioning of a system should be transparent. The SC also on Friday passed order on conducting videography of selection process for government jobs to bring transparency," he said.

Former law minister and senior advocate Shanti Bhushan, in a petition to the Supreme Court on Friday called for a collegium of 5 senior judges of the apex court to act as the 'Master of Roster' instead of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra

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