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Supreme Court crisis Highlights: CJI Dipak Misra meets four dissenting judges

Attorney General KK Venugopal had told media outlets on Monday that the issue has been settled. Here are the highlights

india Updated: Jan 16, 2018 20:41 IST
HT Correspondent
Supreme Court Judges J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi ,Kurian Joseph and Madan Lokur addressing the media in New Delhi on Friday.
Supreme Court Judges J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi ,Kurian Joseph and Madan Lokur addressing the media in New Delhi on Friday.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

The Supreme Court on Monday announced the composition of a five-judge Constitution bench that will begin hearing several important cases on January 17. None of the four senior judges, who publicly criticised Chief Justice of India Dipak Mishra in a press conference on Friday, is on the bench which will hear, among other cases, challenges to Aadhaar, a challenge to its own judgment criminalising homosexual relationships between consenting adults, and a petition on the ban on women between the ages of 10 and 50 entering the Sabarimala temple.

Attorney general KK Venugopal said that the judicial crisis hasn’t been resolved. His statement comes a day after he told media outlets that the rift between four senior Supreme Court judges and the Chief Justice of India had been settled.

The four judges — justice J Chelameswar, justice Ranjan Gogoi, justice Madan B Lokur and justice Kurian Joseph — took up their respective business on the first working day of the top court, a week after they publicly criticised the Chief Justice of India (CJI) for his style of administration and raising the issue of assignment of cases.

Here are the highlights

1.45pm: Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra meet four dissenting judges. Another meeting to resolve SC crisis likely on January 17.

11.45am: When his attention was drawn to Tuesday’s statement of Attorney General KK Venugopal, Manan Kumar Mishra said, “I don’t know how and why the Attorney General is saying like this. All judges are holding their courts and the work is going on normally in the Supreme Court.” 

11.30am: “Justice Gogoi said the crisis is over. He said there is no dispute at all,” Bar Council chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said when asked about reports which projected a contrary situation.

11.25am: The Bar Council of India said on Tuesday there was “absolutely no crisis now” in the Supreme Court and normalcy will be restored soon in the higher judiciary that saw four top judges coming out in the open against the Chief Justice of India.

10:40am: Supreme Court will hear the plea on Tuesday seeking a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into the death of CBI judge BH Loya.

9.40am: Attorney General KK Venugopal told PTI that the judicial crisis is not over, and it is likely to be resolved in 2-3 days.