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Four Supreme Court judges complain top court not in order

Four Supreme Court judges complain top court not in order

The press conference of four senior Supreme Court judges held at the Justice Chelameswar's residence on the transparency in assigning judicial cases.

The Collegium, comprising senior-most judges of the Supreme Court - Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph - has, according to media reports, recommended unanimously the appointment of Malhotra and Uttarakhand Chief Justice KM Joseph as judges of the apex court.

- The Hon'ble Chief Justice of India is duty bound to rectify the situation and take appropriate remedial measures after a full discussion with the other members of the Collegium and at a later stage, if required, with other Hon'ble Judges of this court. Malhotra has served as standing counsel for the State of Haryana and represented statutory bodies like the Delhi Development Authority, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Securities Exchange Board of India, Indian Council for Agricultural Research, before the Supreme Court.

Justice Joseph was appointed as Permanent Judge of the Kerala High Court in 2004 and later transferred to Uttarakhand High Court where he assumed charge in 2014 as Chief Justice.

When asked to give example of instances, Justices Chelameswar said, "A couple of months back, four of us gave a signed letter to the Chief Justice of India and wanted a particular thing to be done in a particular manner".

Reportedly, the press conference is called in protest against the decisions in the collegium.

Democracy would not survive in India unless the court's regulations were followed, they added.

Second-senior most justice J Chelameswar said the administration of the SC was not in order. In the past, all women judges in the apex court had been promoted from various high courts.

The Supreme Court previous year rejected a government move to have representatives in the group handling appointments and transfers of judges to the highest courts. All six were elevated from high courts. He is presently the Acting Chief Justice of the High Court. Sixty-two-year-old Indu Malhotra, a designated senior advocate practicing in the apex court and high courts, was picked by the SC Collegium on Wednesday.

Chelameswar said the four judges met with Misra on Friday and demanded changes, but he did not agree with them. She is expected to join the apex court after the ministry of law approves the recommendation.