CJI Dipak Misra to Hear Justice Loya Case Amid Rift in Top Judiciary

The new controversy, which has erupted a month after the unprecedented press conference by four senior-most judges, finds its roots in the February 8 judgment on land acquisition.

New Delhi: A new three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra is scheduled to hear the Justice Loya case on Monday. The bench excludes Justice Arun Mishra, whose bench was assigned the case earlier.

The composition of the bench was changed on Saturday amid the rift between the CJI and four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court over allocation of cases. Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph had raised issues about "select" benches getting such cases and the posting of Judge Loya's case to Court No. 10 was apparently the trigger.

Hints that the PILs pertaining to the death of Justice Loya, who was trying the politically sensitive Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case, may go to another bench came last week when an order on the Supreme Court website said the case should be “put up before the appropriate bench”.

Posting this case before Justice Arun Mishra’s bench was apparently the trigger that had led the four senior-most judges to come out openly against the Chief Justice of India.