We discussed the contents of the letter.
Justice Joseph said in Kochi that there was no constitutional crisis in the apex court and the issues they had raised appeared to have been sorted out. However, in a remarkable co-incidence, senior advocate Dushyant Dave pointed out in lucid detail what some of these incidents could be in an article (http://www.livelaw.in/chief-justice-india-law/) published a day before the tumultuous events.
In March 2014, senior Supreme Court lawyer Dushyant Dave came into the courtroom of the then Chief Justice R.M. Lodha and said that the practice of bench hunting was in the practice in the apex court too, forcing CJI to initiate a probe against the same.
Four senior judges of India's Supreme Court have complained publicly about the way the court is being run and cases are assigned. The four judges had tried to meet the CJI to prevail upon him to take corrective action and not assign cases arbitrarily but in vain.
Leading the rebellion was the second most senior senior judge, Justice Chelameswar, who said that 'in the past few months, less than desirable things have been happening'. All four judges - Justices Chelameshwar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurien Joseph are known to be "sober and responsible" and have done what they did because there was no other way to stem the rot in the system.
"The difference that have been reported in the press by the four senior judges of the SC and the other differences. are of grave concern and should be immediately considered by the full court of the Supreme Court", stated another resolution passed by the SCBA.
BCI Chairman said that they are willing to also negotiate in the issue, but steps should be taken to ensure that judiciary's image doesn't get sullied.
"It is with no pleasure that we have been compelled to do this, administration of SC is not in order", he said.
The serious maladies plaguing the judicial system in India can not be cured by external medication. Also, Justice Gogoi, on being asked if the issue was about CBI Judge BH Loya's alleged mysterious death case, affirmatively said: "Yes". Asked if they wanted the CJI to be impeached, the Justice said, "let the nation decide".
January 12, 2018, marked a historical moment when four top Supreme Court judges addressed a press conference questioning the procedure of case allocation by the Chief Justice of India. "It needs to be looked at from the highest levels of the Supreme Court", Rahul Gandhi said. A system in which judges use secretively the powers vested in them and silence any dissent by brandishing the weapon of contempt of court is never democratic.
In its statement on the issue, read out by Surjewala, the Congress said it was perturbed by the developments and that observations made by the judges and the issues raised by them at their press conference were "extremely disturbing" and have a "far-reaching" consequences for the values that are held sacred - safeguarding democracy and preserving the independence of the judiciary.
Justice Joseph said the judges had acted only to "enhance the trust of the people in judiciary".
The unprecedented rift within the judges of the Supreme Court has earned the stiff disapproval of the Bar Council, the regulatory body for lawyers, which says it wants the matter to be resolved internally.
A section of the media chose to attack the judges for holding the press conference and how they have weakened the Indian judiciary thereby the democracy itself.