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Judges Accuse CGI of Bias – How Justified is Indian Justice System?

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 Judges Accuse CGI of Bias - How Justified is Indian Justice System?

 In a first-of-its-kind act, four judges of the Supreme Court have publicly accused the Chief justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra in a press conference for showing bias in assigning cases to the benches. Although the sitting judges are restricted to contact the media, the four judges, namely Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph and Madan B. Lokur have defied the protocol and labeled the unprecedented act as mere doing their duty and bringing the issue in front of the nation so that they can take a stand on it.

The Blame

On January 12, Friday, the four judges held a press conference in New Delhi and blamed the CJI for appointing judges of his choice on cases that were serious. The spokesperson for the four, Justice Jasti Chelameswar, vocalized the distress for choosing the bench on the irrational basis when they should have been picked on time-tested convention and practice.

He also stated that the preference has been given to specific benches, over the last few months. He explained that all matters of serious concern should be heard first by the CJI and if due to any circumstance he is unable to do that, the case is then transferred to the next line of judges preceding one rank below in seniority. He then stated that the practice had not been followed and cases were assigned to only certain judges, which were then finally buried without delivering proper justice.

Main Trigger: Loya Case

The group expressed that although the grievances with the CJI are not new, the event that forced them to take the decision of going public with the complaint was the Loya case. There has been a case of death of CBI judge B.H. Loya (he was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheik encounter case) which is still wrapped in mystery. The 4 judges had a meeting with the CJI earlier and demanded the case to be transferred to them. However, the CJI refused their demand and did not relinquish the case from the pre-selected bench. The 4 judges then informed the CJI about their possible press announcement of the issue.

CJI’s Take on the Matter

The CJI, Dipak Misra, is yet to comment on the issue. When asked by media persons if the judge should be impeached, the spokesperson, Justice Jasti Chelameswar responded to say that nation should decide.