As four senior judges of the Supreme Court coming out through a press conference against the Supreme Court of India, the entire legal fraternity as well as the people have been thrown into a frenzy.
Justices Ranjan Gogoi, M.B. Lokur and Kurian Joseph, Justice J Chelameswar, today appeared before the national media today and allegedly broke their silence over the fact that the incumbent Chief Justice of India is one who is not discharging his duties with the due diligence required.
The further call has been that the democracy is being led into danger.
The responses coming in from over the various quarters are falling in every spectrum of morality, while the justices urged the Prime Minister to intervene in the matter urgently.
If there existed some apprehensions of this, or if there were such appalling and urgent circumstances, the justices may have done it confidentially, as has been done on many innumerable occasions.
The direct impact that the media exposure and the hovering possibilities of a media trial have led to demean the highest Court of the land. The tussle involved, has dented the overall trust that has been reposed in the judiciary by the people.
The direct allegation by the Senior Judges, has been that the CJI, is promoting s preferential allotment of cases, which is detrimental to natural justice.
The allegation, and the call, has such consequences, and the impact of the same may be felt in the days to come, with the Judiciary condemning or boycotting the proceedings emanating from the misinformation propaganda against the CJI.
The office of the CJI is one of the most influential offices in the country, and there has been one incident in the Prasad Medical College case, where Senior Advocate, Prashant Bhushan waived an FIR registered against the CJI in Orissa.
This incident took the CJI by alarm, and then he declared himself to be the last authority after the Registrar General of the Supreme Court, in the administrative side.
The allegations today, may have certain truth lying beneath these as the judges who pursued the trajectory, are known to be honest and responsible judges. The judges might have also tried to follow an in-house resolution system that possibly failed, while the judges’ who have take this extra measure will have to answer collectively not just to the institution, but also the nation.
It is also to be noted that yesterday the Supreme Collegium cleared the names of Senior Advocate Indu Malhotra and Judges KM Joseph for elevation to the Supreme Court, while it cleared certain names for appointment to the High Court as well.
The Judges have also take note of the fact that they are not giving a political statement , but they are cautioning the nation. The caution also comes at a price of the reputation of the judiciary.
The matter is now in the public, and while the media trials are not allowed, the judges have submitted yet the entire judiciary to the trial by the media. Though the urgency and the veracity of the disclosure are not yet confirmed, but the damage has been done. And a fact finding will have to be commenced at the earliest to bring the matter to truth.