Controversy over Good Friday conference ‘unfortunate’: CJI

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New Delhi: Chief Justice of India H L Dattu today called as “unfortunate” the controversy over his colleague Kurian Joseph’s objection to the holding of judges’ conference on Good Friday but said it’s a “family” matter and that he will settle it.

Justice Dattu also said that while all Supreme Court judges are invited for the conference the presence of only the top three is mandatory.

Seeking to downplay the controversy, Justice Dattu said the two-day event on Friday and Saturday was actually not a ‘conference’ but a meeting where judges discuss among themselves issues and problems related to the judiciary.

When asked about the issues raised by Justice Joseph, he termed it as “unfortunate”.

“I am the head of the family…if one member questions me, we will settle it ourselves,” he told reporters in an informal interaction after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the joint conference of Chief Justice of High Courts and Chief Ministers.

The CJI said as judges do not get time to interact with each other, such meetings are held periodically where important issues are discussed.

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