Congress on Friday said that it was concerned by the extraordinary revolt of four top Supreme Court judges against the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.
In a brief tweet posted with hashtag #DemocracyInDanger, the party said, “We are very concerned to hear 4 judges of the Supreme Court expressed concerns about the functioning of the Supreme Court.”
The party is reportedly holding an emergency meet on Friday evening after senior lawyer and lawyer, Kapil Sibal, arrives in the national capital. Sibal is currently in Kolkata and has reportedly been asked to cut short his visit.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi has not reacted yet. Sources in the party said that he was waiting to be advised by the top lawyers within the party. The party is keen not to be seen to be supporting either the group of judges who led the rebellion or CJI Misra yet.
Senior Supreme Court lawyer and Congress leader, Salman Khurshid, said that the development had made him sad.
He told ANI, “Deeply sad and pained. I also feel a sense of agony that the highest court of land should come under such severe stress that forces judges to address the media.”
Senior BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP, Subramanian Swamy, too appeared to side with the revel judges.
“We can’t criticise them, they are men of great integrity and have sacrificed a lot of their legal career, where they could’ve made money as senior counsels. We must respect them. PM must ensure that the four judges and the CJI, in fact whole SC come to one opinion and proceed further.”
Veteran Marxist leader, Sitaram Yechury demanded an independent inquiry into the allegations levelled by Justices Chelameswar, Kurian Joseph, Ranjan Gogoi and Madan Lokur.
Four top Supreme Court judges on Friday had taken an extraordinary step when they decided to speak to media against the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra calling the administration in the top court ‘not in order.
Leading the rebellion was the second most senior senior judge, Justice Chelameswar, who said that ‘in the past few months, less than desirable things have been happening.’
He said, “We’ve told the Chief Justice but our pleas have failed. We don’t want people to say 20 yrs later that we did not take care of the institution. Democracy won’t survive without free judiciary.”