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Four senior judges say situation in SC ‘not in order’

Newdelhi: In an unprecedented move, four senior most judges of the Supreme Court on Friday called a press conference and said the situation in the top court was “not in order” and many “less than desirable” things have taken place. Unless this institution is preserved, “democracy will not survive in this country,” the four judges said. Justice J. Chelameswar, the second senior judge after the Chief Justice of India, said “sometimes administration of the Supreme Court is not in order and many things which are less than desirable have happened in the last few months”.Justice Chelameswar, who was accompanied by Justices Ranjan Gogoi, MB Lokur and Kurian Joseph at the press conference, said they had met CJI Dipak Misra on Friday morning and “raised issues affecting the institution”. At the presser held at his house, Justice J. Chelameswar said “unless this institution is preserved, democracy will not survive in this country” and added it was “extremely painful” to hold press conference in such a manner. He said the four judges had written a letter to CJI Dipak Misra some time back, raising important issues. But all of them “failed to persuade CJI that certain things are not in order and therefore you should take remedial measures. Unfortunately our efforts failed”. “And all four of us are convinced that democracy is at stake and many things have happened in recent past,” he said. Asked what these issues were, he said they included the “allocation of cases by CJI”.The remarks assume significance as the Supreme Court on Friday took up for consideration the issue of alleged mysterious death of special CBI judge BH Loya, who was hearing the sensitive Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.Justice Chelameswar said: “We owe a responsibility to the institution and the nation. Our efforts have failed in convincing CJI to take steps to protect the institution.”