No Constitutional Lapse on CJI Misra’s Part: Justice Joseph Kurien
Justice Kurian Joseph during a press conference in New Delhi on Jan 12, 2018.
Justice Kurian Joseph during a press conference in New Delhi on Jan 12, 2018.(Photo: IANS)

No Constitutional Lapse on CJI Misra’s Part: Justice Joseph Kurien

Justice Kurian Joseph, one of the four senior Supreme Court judges who alleged discrepancies in the functioning of the apex court – in an unprecedented press conference on 12 January – has said the judiciary will resolve the issue.

Speaking after the silver jubilee celebrations of the Major Archiepiscopal status of the Syro-Malabar Church in Kochi, Joseph said:

This is not an issue that requires mediation from outside. This is an internal issue of the institution and the institution will sort it out. A correction inside the institution is what is required.
Justice Joseph to ANI

He expressed confidence that the issues raised by the four judges would be resolved.

An issue was raised. Those concerned have listened to it. Such actions would not occur in future. So, I believe that the issue has been settled. There was no constitutional lapse on the part of Chief Justice of India (CJI), but convention, practice and procedure have to be followed while carrying out his responsibility. 
Justice Joseph. 

He noted that all four judges just brought that matter to the CJI’s attention, adding that “they acted solely in the interest of judiciary and justice”.

SC Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph appealed to the nation to preserve the independence of the judiciary on 12 January.
SC Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph appealed to the nation to preserve the independence of the judiciary on 12 January.
(Photo: PTI)

In an unprecedented move, Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph alleged that the Chief Justice had violated conventions in his role as the master of the roster.

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(With inputs from ANI)

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