Rahul Gandhi makes statement on Supreme Court judges’ revolt

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The Congress on Friday termed the revolt by the top four judges of the Supreme Court ‘unprecedented.’

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Speaking to reporters the party’s chief spokesperson, Randeep Singh Surjewala, said, “Observations made by Hon Judges are extremely disturbing and have far reaching consequences.”

After making a brief statement, Surjewala handed over the mike to Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who demanded a highest level investigation by top Supreme Court judges into the allegations made the four judges on Friday.

Gandhi said that the judges had also raised the issue of judge BH Loya case and that needed to be probed. He said, “Unprecedented. Points raised by the Hon judges need to be looked into carefully, even Justice Loya’s death needs to be investigated properly. All citizens who love the idea of justice are looking at this issue, needs to be addressed.”

He added, “I thought it was a sensitive and important matter. I thought it appropriate to say a couple of things. The points that have been raised by the four Hon’ble Judges of the Supreme Court are extremely important. They have mentioned that there is a threat to democracy. I think it is extremely serious and needs to be looked into carefully. They have also made a point about Judge Loya’s case.

“I think that also needs to be investigated properly. It needs to be examined at the highest level of the Hon’ble Supreme Court. This type of thing has never happened before. It is unprecedented and I think all the citizens, who love the idea of Justice, who believe in the Hon’ble Supreme Court, are looking at this issue closely and I think it is important to be addressed.”

In a statement released to media, the party said, “The observations made by the Honourable Judges and the issues raised by them in the Press Conference and in the letter are extremely disturbing and have far reaching consequences for the values that we hold sacred: safeguarding democracy and preserving the independence of the Judiciary.

“The Honourable Judges have specifically highlighted two issues: (1) The long silence of the Government of India to the Memorandum of Procedure that was finalised by the Supreme Court and (2) the assignment of cases in the Supreme Court to  what is described as “selectively to the benches of their preference without any rational basis for such assignment”. In answer to a question from the media, the Honourable Judges referred to the PIL concerning the death of Judge Loya, which the family of Judge Loya believes was under suspicious circumstances.”

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.”

You read the full statement below;

12th Jan 2018

PRESS RELEASE

 

Statement of Indian National Congress

In an unprecedented development, four Senior most judges of the Supreme Court addressed a Press Conference today and also released a copy of the letter written by them to the Honourable Chief Justice of India.

The observations made by the Honourable Judges and the issues raised by them in the Press Conference and in the letter are extremely disturbing and have far reaching consequences for the values that we hold sacred: safeguarding democracy and preserving the independence of the Judiciary.

The Honourable Judges have specifically highlighted two issues: (1) The long silence of the Government of India to the Memorandum of Procedure that was finalised by the Supreme Court and (2) the assignment of cases in the Supreme Court to  what is described as “selectively to the benches of their preference without any rational basis for such assignment”. In answer to a question from the media, the Honourable Judges referred to the PIL concerning the death of Judge Loya, which the family of Judge Loya believes was under suspicious circumstances.

The Honourable Judges in their letter have also hinted at other instances which they will raise later.

The press conference and the letter followed a meeting of the four Honourable Judges with the Honourable Chief Justice of India this morning which, apparently, failed to resolve the issues and obliged the four Honourable Judges to address a press conference.

The Congress party is deeply perturbed by these developments. The country holds the judiciary in the highest esteem and millions of people knock on the doors of the courts seeking justice. The non-finalisation of the Memorandum of Procedure has left nearly forty percent of the sanctioned posts of the judges vacant, leading to delay in justice delivery.

The Congress Party earnestly appeals that the Full Court of the Supreme Court should take up the issues raised by the four Honourable Judges and find solutions that are consistent with the traditions and conventions of the Judiciary pointed out by the four Honourable Judges and that will preserve the independence of the judiciary.

In the PIL concerning the death of Judge Loya, we believe that the matter must be entrusted to the Senior most Judges of the Supreme Court who should ensure that under their supervision there is a thorough and impartial investigation of the case by an independent SIT.

In the matter of assignment of cases, the established conventions and traditions of the Courts must be followed and the selective assignment of cases must be stopped forthwith. Cases that have far reaching implications to society and governance must be heard, in accordance with well established conventions, by the Senior most Judges of the Supreme Court.

 

 

 

 

 

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