Acted in interest of judiciary and justice, says Justice Kurian Joseph

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Just a day after SC Judges’ revolt, Justice Kurian Joseph, one of the four senior Supreme Court judges who went against the country’s Chief Justice over “selective” case allocation and certain judicial orders, expressed faith on Sunday that the issues raised by them would be resolved. Justice Joseph said they acted just in the interest of judiciary and justice, a day following him and the other three judges took the unprecedented step of addressing a press conference.

Joseph rebuffed suggestions that they had violated discipline and added the hope that their actions will bring in more transparency in the supervision of the top court. “Stoop up for justice and judiciary…That is what we said there (in New Delhi) yesterday. Nothing beyond that,” Justice Joseph said in Malayam. He was speaking to the local television news channels at his family home in Kalady near here taking his reaction on Friday’s development. He told reporters that “An issue has come to attention. It will certainly be solved since it has come to the attention”. Joseph added that the judges had acted only to “enhance the trust of the people in judiciary”.

The four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court, justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, called a press conference on Friday in New Delhi and said the condition in the Supreme Court was “not in order” and many “less than desirable” things have taken place. They had said that unless this institution is preserved, “democracy will not survive in this country.” The second senior judge following the Chief Justice of India, Justice Chelameswar, had said “sometimes administration of the Supreme Court is not in order and many things which are less than desirable have happened in the last few months”. He added that they had met CJI Dipak Misra yesterday morning and “raised issues affecting the institution”. Raising imperative issues, he also added that the four judges had written a letter to CJI Dipak Misra some time back.

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