Supreme Court Bar Association president Vikas Singh today met the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and handed over a resolution on the crisis in the apex judiciary to him. The senior lawyer told PTI that he handed over a copy of the SCBA resolution to the CJI, who assured him that he would look into it. “I met the CJI and handed over a copy of the resolution. He said that he would look into it and ensure there was congeniality in the Supreme Court at the earliest,” Singh told PTI after his 15-minute meeting with the CJI. Singh expressed hope that all judges of the apex court would give consideration to its resolution in which the association asked for a full court discussion to defuse the present crisis plaguing the higher judiciary. The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), at an emergency meeting yesterday, passed a resolution and expressed “grave concern” over the differences of four seniormost judges with the CJI and said the issue should be immediately considered by the full court of the apex court.
The SCBA executive committee resolved that all public interest litigation (PIL) matters, including the pending PILs, should be either taken up by the CJI or be assigned for adjudication to four senior judges who are part of the apex court collegium. Sources said that the full court of the Supreme Court is in all possibility would tomorrow deliberate upon the situation arising out of the controversial presser of its four seniormost judges who virtually revolted against the CJI.
Full court mechanism is one in which deliberations by all the judges of the top court takes place in-house and not in the open. They said the full court deliberation has become necessary as the four judges, who went public with their grievances, in all probability did not have the support of the other apex court judges. The Supreme Court, at present, has 25 judges including the Chief Justice. The sanctioned strength of the apex court is 31, including the CJI.
“It is for sure that they (judges) will have to go for a full court tomorrow. In full court, the CJI has the majority that is why these four judges have not demanded for full court deliberation on their grievances,” one of the sources said.
They cited a report appearing in the media that one of the judges, who is likely to become a future CJI, has also expressed his reservation about the presser held on Friday last by Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph.
Source: Financial Express