Two senior-most judges of the Supreme Court, Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Madan Lokur, wrote a letter to CJI Dipak Misra that he call a “full court” to hold a discussion on “institutional issues” and the “future” of the top court.
According to the Indian Express report, In a brief two-sentence letter delivered to CJI Misra Sunday, Justices Gogoi and Lokur, who are members of the Collegium, sought that he call a “full court” on the judicial side to discuss “institutional issues” and the “future” of the court.
However, The CJI has not yet responded to their letter. Citing sources the Indian Express reported that when the issue of a full court was raised by some judges during the customary morning meeting of all Supreme Court judges over tea on Monday, CJI Misra was non-committal on the matter.
This comes nearly two weeks after Justice Kurian Joseph, had questioned the central government’s inaction in following up on the recommendations of the collegium and stated that the “coming generations will not pardon” the Apex Court if it did not act in the matter.
In his letter, Justice Kurian Joseph said that “it is the first time in the history of this court where nothing is known as to what has happened to a recommendation after three months”.
He requested CJI Dipak Misra to consitute a bench of seven topmost judges to suo motu take up the matter of the government sitting on the two names.
Besides Justice Kurian Joseph’s letter, Justice Jasti Chelameswar had also written to all judges on March 21, asking the CJI to all a full court to discuss government interference in the appointment of judges to the High Court.
Last week, Misra had called an informal meeting which reached no conclusion.
The “institutional issues” and “future” referred to by the two judges now mainly pertain to the independence of the judiciary, wherein the government has been ignoring the recommendations of the Collegium on the appointment of judges to the high courts and the Supreme Court, citing sources the Indian Express reported.
As per the sources, the government’s actions and CJI’s reluctance to press the issue has caused consternation among the higher judiciary which is concerned about preserving institutional integrity.
“This letter adds to the pressure building on the CJI to act to secure the independence of the judiciary and maintain its credibility”, they said.