CJI, 4 Rebel SC Judges Meet for First Time This Week to No Avail

The meeting was the first one this week on the crisis, and was initiated at the CJI’s insistence.

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In an unprecedented development, four sitting Supreme Court judges addressed a press conference expressing concern over the functioning of the judiciary in India.

The Supreme Court crisis is nowhere close to being resolved, with Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and the four dissenting judges’ meeting for over an hour on Wednesday, 24 January, only to arrive at no tangible solution.

According to The Indian Express, the meeting was the first one this week on the crisis, and was initiated at the CJI’s insistence. The five judges were also reportedly joined by three other judges – Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice AK Sikri, and Justice UU Lalit.

However, no consensus was reached at the meeting, sources told The Indian Express, adding that “there was nothing at the meeting to term as concrete progress other than the time that the meeting took.”

The sources also told the daily that the meeting appeared to be more of an attempt to placate the rebel judges, with no mention on the proposal put forward by the four members.

This meeting comes days after CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury said his party is reaching out to other Opposition patrols to discuss the possibility of bringing an impeachment motion against the CJI in the upcoming Budget Session.

Opposition parties like the Congress and the CPI(M) had then called for a probe into the issues flagged by the four judges.

Reacting to Yechury’s call for the CJI’s impeachment, the Congress said the party did not and would never want the judiciary to be politicised, but noted that the CPI(M) had raised "very important issues,” reported PTI.

Congress will take a call on its position in the matter, after talks with other parties.

(With inputs from PTI, The Indian Express)

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