Amid the judicial crisis, the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) at a press conference in Delhi on Saturday said that two resolutions have been passed to address the concerns raised by the judges.
Expressing "grave concern" over the differences between the senior judges and the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, SCBA President and senior advocate Vikas Singh said that all Public Interest Litigations (PILs) should be looked into either by the CJI or senior judges who form part of the apex court collegium.
Vikas Singh, President of Supreme Court Bar Association, said, “We called an emergency meeting of Supreme Court Bar Association. We resolved the following: Differences stated by the 4 judges and reflected in media are of grave concern and must be resolved immediately by SC Bar Association."
Taking note of the concerns raised by four senior judges led by Justice J Chelameswar over assigning of cases, the bar body suggested that even the PILs listed for hearing on January 15 be transferred from other benches to either the bench headed by the CJI or benches led by the members of the collegium.
“Another resolution taken was that all PIL matters must be taken by CJI or must be assigned to the collegium of 5 judges. This must be done in order to maintain credibility of Supreme Court,” Singh said.
“We will send the unanimous resolution to the Chief Justice of India. We want that the matter be resolved as soon as possible. The first meeting of SCBA will be done with the Chief Justice of India. If he agrees to our views, we will take further appointment from the other judges too and fix a meeting with them,” Singh said.
Singh said that the issues raised by the judges will be taken up at the earliest by the full court, on Sunday or Monday, in a closed-door hearing.
Earlier, speaking to Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, Attorney General K K Venugopal said the unprecedented move by the four senior Supreme Court judges in holding a press conference "could have been avoided" and the judges would now have to act in "statesmanship" to ensure complete harmony.
Venugopal, who had a meeting with Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra after the press conference, expressed hope that all judges, including the CJI, would rise to the occasion and "wholly neutralise" the "divisiveness".
Four senior judges of the Supreme Court, Justices Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, MB Lokur and Kurian Joseph, held a dramatic and unprecedented press conference on Friday. In the press conference, the judges sought to highlight a matter that they said cast a doubt over the integrity of the Judiciary and the Supreme Court. While they didn't explicitly state what the matter was, they did speak about a letter that they had written to the Chief Justice of India, which according to them, didn't get the appropriate response.
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They also said that the situation in the top court was "not in order" and that many "less than desirable" things had taken place. Unless the institution was preserved, "Democracy will not survive in this country," they had stated.
The news conference had left the judiciary and observers stunned, leaving uncertain how this open dissension in the hallowed institution would be resolved.
(With PTI and ANI inputs)