The Chief Justice needs to accept that what he has been doing is wrong. Even this morning, on a particular issue, we, four of us, went and met the chief justice with a specific request. They didn't confirm it was about Justice Loya's mysterious death.
Whatever be the answers, today's chain of events marks a departure from the Supreme Court's stance of keeping its internal workings to itself. The issues raised by the judges and the CJI required sagacity, patience and wisdom of the judiciary to sort them out by themselves. There must have been compelling reasons for the senior-most judges to have adopted this course of action.
The four judges also touched upon another controversial issue, the Memorandum of Procedure on appointment of judges over which the Supreme Court had locked horns with the government.
Taking exception to the order, the judges wrote to the CJI: "When the Memorandum of Procedure was the subject matter of a decision of a Constitution Bench in Supreme Court Advocate on Record Association and another vs Union of India... it is hard to understand how any bench could have dealt with the matter..."
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"This merits a thorough, proper investigation and understanding of how independence and integrity of judiciary is being interfered or is being affected, which is impermissible in a secular democratic republic", Yechury said. Gogoi, who would be succeeding Misra as CJI in October this year, said that, "it's a discharge of debt to the nation which we have done".
The events of Friday are unusual and unprecedented Justice Thomas said while adding that he hoped this would not become a precedent.
"We are deeply anguished with the developments today about the Supreme Court".
The BJP was also unsparing in its criticism of the Congress for demanding a probe into the judge's death when a petition dealing with the same point was pending before the Supreme Court.
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Justice Chelameswar has served as the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court, followed by a stint at the Kerala High Court.
"A greater level of transparency and a more robust set of procedures for the allocation of judges to cases in the Supreme Court would instill a greater confidence among global business leaders", said Edward Simpson, director of the South Asia Institute at the University of London's School of Oriental African Studies.
While crying ourselves hoarse over the opaqueness with which the Collegium operates, can we, at the same time, criticize them for attempting to be transparent about how the institution is functioning? The second seniormost judge after the chief justice of India, Justice J Chelameswar, said, "Sometimes, the administration of the Supreme Court is not in order and many things which are less than desirable have happened in the last few months".
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