Reactions on Supreme Court judges press conference

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New Delhi, Jan 12: For the very first time, four top-most Supreme Court judges on Friday held a press conference over allocation of cases in the apex judiciary.

Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph told reporters in New Delhi that there was an urgent need to preserce the judiciary system as administration of the top court is “not in order” and that efforts to convince Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had “failed”.

So that we were left with no choice except to communicate it to the nation that please take care of the institution, the judges said.

Here are some of reactions on the press conference by the SC judges:

Salman Khurshid, Senior Advocate: Deeply sad & pained, also feel a sense of agony that highest court of land should come under such severe stress that forces judges to address the media.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy:  We can’t criticize them, they are men of great integrity and have sacrificed a lot for their legal career, where they could’ve made money as senior counsels. We must respect them. PM must ensure that the four judges and CJI, in fact entire Supreme Court, come to one opinion and proceed further.

PB Sawant, Former Supreme Court Judge: Judges had to come before media & take this unprecedented step. This means that there is a serious dispute, either with Chief Justice of India (CJI) or some internal dispute.

Indira Jaisingh, Supreme Court Advocate: I think it’s a historic Press Conference. It was very well done. I think we, the people of India, have a right to know what is going on within the judiciary and I welcome this.

Mukul Mudgal, retired HC Judge : There must be some serious reason that they were left with no other option but to hold a Press Conference. But what connection Loya has with this? I know nothing about this & I don’t want to make comments about any political matter.

Ujjwal Nikam, Senior lawyer

This is a black day for Judiciary. Today’s press conference would cause a bad precedent. From now on every common man could look at all judicial order with suspicion. Every judgement will be questioned.

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