Amid a lingering rift between the Chief Justice Dipak Misra and four senior-most judges over assignment of important cases, the Supreme Court on Monday announced the composition of a 5-judge constitution bench headed by the CJI, which does not include the four, in eight cases.
Two other judges of the apex court, Justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao, also met Justice Chelameswar who led the four judges in the unprecedented press conference, at his residence here. The current strength of the apex court including the CJI is 25. "It was a storm in a tea cup", Venugopal told NDTV. While Justice Joseph assumed his post on 3 March, 2013, and is set to retire on 29 November, 2018, Justice Mishra (former Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court and Calcutta High Court) assumed office on 7 July, 2017, and will retire on 2 September 2020. "We are thankful to the 4 judges and the CJI that they resolved the matter on their own", says Manan Mishra, chairman of the BCI, reported Hindustan Times. While all four attended the morning tea session and spent a few minutes there before the day's work began, the source claimed that talk of a resolution was a deliberate attempt to trivialise the issue raised by them.
A seven-member delegation of the BCI had met CJI on Sunday, and after the meeting had assured that the crisis in the Supreme Court will be sorted out soon. Loya was dealing with a criminal case on the alleged fake killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in which BJP president Amit Shah was named.More news: Auto crashes into the second floor of a Southern California building
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Jaising also queried if the executive was interfering with the functioning of the judiciary in the case of death of judge Loya. As the crisis lingered, four retired judges wrote to Justice Misra on Sunday, throwing their weight behind the four rebel judges who "have brought to light a serious issue regarding the manner of allocation of cases, particularly sensitive cases, to various benches of the Supreme Court".
He said the vexed issues flagged by the four revolting judges on Friday were "internal issues of the family" which have been resolved internally.
Gogoi, who would be succeeding Misra as CJI in October this year, said that, "it's a discharge of debt to the nation which we have done".