4 Rebel Judges Demand Transparency In Allocation Of Cases

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New Delhi: Chief Justice Dipak Misra today met the four dissenting judges, Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, in an attempt to resolve the Supreme Court crisis.

Justice Chelameswar was the first to arrive for the meeting which lasted for 30 minutes. Today’s meeting came nearly a week after the four seniormost judges went public with their concerns regarding “selective” allocation of sensitive cases to certain benches.

Among the key points discussed at the meeting was the possibility of a specialised bench for allocation of particular cases, a system which is already in place at high courts.

The four dissenting judges also submitted a draft memorandum to Chief Justice Misra, and demanded transparency in allocation of cases. Also on the agenda was adopting a procedure if there are allegations of corruption on a judge.

The medical admissions scam, which triggered the Supreme Court crisis, was also discussed at the meeting.

CJI Misra, according to sources, may have also presented a plan of action to the dissenting judges, which includes how mentioning of cases takes place and how crucial cases are allocated to Supreme Court benches.

THE 15-MINUTE COFFEE MEET

The major sticking point in the crisis within the top judiciary is the allocation of cases, especially those with far-reaching political implications, like the Judge Loya death case or the Aadhaar matter.

It was earlier expected that Chief Justice Dipak Misra would meet the four dissenting judges over lunch yesterday (Wednesday) but Justice Chelameswar had taken a day off and therefore the meeting could not take place.

On Tuesday, Chief Justice Misra met the four judges over a 15-minute coffee meeting which was mediated by three top court judges. According to sources, CJI Misra and the rebel judges discussed all outstanding issues, point of contentions and differences at the meeting.

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