SC crisis appears unresolved amid hopes weekend will bring relief

SC crisis appears unresolved amid hopes weekend will bring relief

SC crisis appears unresolved amid hopes weekend will bring relief

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has announced the composition of a five-judge constitution bench headed by CJI Justice Dipak Misra to hear crucial cases. Justice Mishra reportedly claimed that he had been performing his duties sincerely, despite his failing health.

They said they agreed with the view of the rebel judges that the Chief Justice despite being the master of roster can not assign cases "in an arbitrary manner such that, sensitive and important cases are sent to hand-picked benches of junior judges by the Chief Justice". The Bar Council of India had declared "kahani khatam (story is over)" in describing the crisis that erupted on Friday when four senior-most judges launched a virtual revolt against Chief Justice Dipak Misra. The judges had said they were discharging their debt to the nation and that addressing media was their last resort. And the Nagpur police on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that the judge had died of a heart attack and "no probe was necessary".

A coordination committee of the Delhi district court bar associations termed as "unfortunate" the press conference by the four seniormost judges of the apex court and said it would take to the streets if the crisis was not resolved within 10 days. If the same bench handles all these matters, it would have to handle 13 Constitution cases, which would be heavy workload. Even Advocate General K.K. Venugopal, who had remained optimistic over the weekend, was not quite sure that things will blow away easily.

"While everyone in a democracy has the right to say that the four judges were wrong in going public, what they are now facing is "mischief", The Hindu report said quoting the sources close to the four revolting judges". The Constitution Bench that begins hearings tomorrow on several important cases doesn't have any of the four judges. On being asked further if it is about the mysterious death of CBI Judge BH Loya, he said, "Yes". But it remains to be seen whether the bench will be reconstituted, and more importantly, if any of the four senior judges, will now find a place on it. The judges chatted briefly but that had nothing to do with the explosive press conference on Friday where the CJI's choice on work allocation was questioned, according to sources.

In the presser, the four judges had flagged certain problems, including the assigning of cases in the apex court, and said there were certain issues afflicting the country's highest court.

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