Cracks emerge in the Indian judiciary
India's judicial system comes under pressure as four senior judges including the next in line for CJI hold a press conference.
In an unprecedented move, top senior Supreme Court judges called a press meet in New Delhi during which they raised serious questions over the functioning and the administration of the Supreme Court of India (SC).
Justice J Chelameswar said the administration of the SC is not in order. He said that,"With no pleasure we are compelled to take the decision to call the press conference. Many things that are less than desirable have happened in last few months. Democracy will not survive without a free judiciary."
He further added, " The Chief Justice is unable to uphold the institution."
Four judges were part of this conference: Justice J Chelameswar, Madan B Lokur, Kurian Joseph and Ranjan Gogoi.Chief Justice.
In a seven page letter addressed to the Chief Justice of India, they write:
'It is with great anguish and concern that we have thought it proper to address this letter to you to highlight certain judicial orders passed by the Court which has adversely affected the overall functioning of the justice delivery system and the independence of the High Courts besides impacting the administrative functioning of the Office of the Chief Justice of India."
In the letter, the judges have mentioned certain cases as well. One of the cases is the order dates 27th October, 2017 in R.P. Luthra vs. Union of India to the effect that there should be no further delay in the finalizing the Memorandum of Procedure in the larger public interest. The handling of the case by the Executive and subsequently by the Judiciary has been questioned bringing to the light increased interference of the Executive in the functioning of the Judiciary.