CJI Dipak Misra Assures End to SC Crisis in Sight After Hectic Parleys With Lawyers’ Bodies

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The BCI chairman said its panel also met justices J Chelameswar, M B Lokur, and Kurian Joseph and that they also assured it that everything would be sorted out.

New Delhi: Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Sunday met a delegation from the Bar Council of India and the chairman of the Supreme Court Bar Association, assuring them that the crisis in the top court following a revolt by four senior-most judges against him will be resolved soon.

After a 50-minute meeting, BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra, who headed the delegation, told reporters that the meeting took place in a congenial atmosphere and that Justice Misra assured them that everything would be sorted out soon.

"We met the CJI in a congenial atmosphere and he said that everything would be sorted out soon," he said. Mishra added that before meeting the CJI, the panel had also discussed the crisis plaguing the higher judiciary with other judges, including three of the four seniormost judges, who had mounted a revolt at an unprecedented press conference on Friday.

He said the panel met justices J Chelameswar, M B Lokur, and Kurian Joseph and that they also assured it that everything would be sorted out. Mishra did not mention whether the panel had a talk with the fourth rebellious judge, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who had gone out of station after Friday's presser.

Hectic parleys took place throughout the day among the apex court judges as well over the crisis that has erupted after the revolt by the judges.

Two top court judges - justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao - met Justice Chelameswar, who had led the four judges at the unprecedented press conference, at his official residence here, sources said. The BCI panel also had a brief meeting with Justice Arun Mishra, who is in focus for hearing a PIL seeking a probe into the death of special CBI judge B H Loya.

SCBA president Vikas Singh, meanwhile, handed over a resolution on the crisis in the apex judiciary to the CJI. "I met the CJI and handed over a copy of the resolution. He said that he would look into it and ensure there was congeniality in the Supreme Court at the earliest," Singh said after his 15-minute meeting with the Misra.

Singh expressed hope that all judges of the apex court would give consideration to its resolution in which the association asked for a full court discussion to defuse the present crisis plaguing the higher judiciary.

The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), at an emergency meeting on Saturday, passed a resolution and expressed "grave concern" over the differences of the four judges with the CJI and said the issue should be immediately considered by the full court of the apex court.

The SCBA executive committee resolved that all public interest litigation (PIL) matters, including the pending PILs, should be either taken up by the CJI or be assigned for adjudication to four senior judges who are part of the apex court collegium.

Sources said that the full court of the Supreme Court in all possibility would on Monday deliberate upon the situation arising out of the controversial presser of the four judges. Full court mechanism is one in which deliberations by all the judges of the top court takes place in-house and not in the open.

They said the full court deliberation has become necessary as the four judges, who went public with their grievances, in all probability did not have the support of the other apex court judges. The Supreme Court, at present, has 25 judges including the Chief Justice. The sanctioned strength of the apex court is 31, including the CJI.