Attorney General Venugopal believes Supreme Court crisis will take 2-3 days to settle

On Tuesday, the Attorney General K K Venugopal said that the crisis in the top court seems to be unresolved and hoped it will be “fully settled” in a couple of days, comments that come a day following he stated that everything was settled in the higher judiciary. A crisis surged on January 12 following four senior judges – Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph – candidly condemned the working of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.

Venugopal told PTI that “Yes, I think it has not been settled. Let’s hope things will be fully settled within 2-3 days”. When asked reports about the impasse enduring, Venugopal said he has to agree with the view. Asked whether he had a meeting or spoke with any of the four judges or the CJI, Venugopal said, “Nothing of that sort has happened.” Venugopal, however, hoped that things will be solved in the next couple of days. The four top Supreme Court judges had resumed work on Monday, contradicting the festering tensions erupted by their accusations against the Chief Justice, while the Attorney General had depicted the first-time crisis as “a storm in a tea cup”.

The four judges had highlighted certain issues, including the assigning of cases in the top court, and said there were certain problems affecting the nation’s highest court. On Sunday, the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had met a seven-member delegation of the Bar Council of India and Supreme Court Bar Association President Vikas Singh and had assured them that the crisis would be resolved soon and amiability would conquer.

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