Ahmedabad: Four judges of the Supreme Court of India staged a revolt on Friday, calling a press conference in New Delhi to express their disapproval of the administration of the country’s highest court of law.
“With no pleasure we are compelled to take the decision to call a press conference. The administration of the SC is not in order and many things which are less than desirable have happened in the last few months,” justice J. Chelameswar said while addressing the media. He was joined by justices Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph.
Chelameswar said they together tried to persuade Chief Justice Dipak Misra that “things in the Supreme Court were not in order” and sought remedial measures. “But, unfortunately, our efforts failed,” he said, adding, “We were left with no choice except to communicate it to the nation that please take care of the institution (Supreme Court).
“Without breaching any confidence, I can say that senior Supreme Court judges have, at least twice in the last one month, taken up with Chief Justice Dipak Misra the issue of the mysterious death of judge Loya and the manner in which he (Misra) has been assigning important cases to junior judges,” Chelameswar said.
“There is an issue of assignment of a case, which is raised in that letter to the Chief Justice,” said justice Gogoi. On being asked if the matter was related to the death of Loya, he said, “Yes.”
A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Misra had earlier on Friday asked the Maharashtra government to submit the autopsy report of special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge B.H. Loya, who died in mysterious circumstances in 2014. Saying “the matter is very serious,” the court also told the Maharasthra government to respond to a petition seeking an independent inquiry into Loya’s death and scheduled the next hearing for Monday.
At the time of this death, Loya had been presiding over a special CBI court in Mumbai that was hearing a case related to the encounter killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh by the Gujarat police.