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Four senior SC judges unite against CJI Dipak Misra saying 'democracy is in danger'
Raising several questions over the issue of 'judiciary's freedom' in the country, four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court of India including Kurian Joseph, J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi and Madan Lokur held a press conference on Friday revolting against Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra.

In an unprecedented move, all four judges took a dig at CJI Misra during the press conference, saying that the administration of the country's top-most court is not in order, for which they had met Chief Justice Misra with a 'specific request' but were unable to convince him as the matter is being overlooked by him.

"This is an extraordinary event in the history of any nation, more particularly this nation, and an extraordinary event in the institution of judiciary ... It is with no pleasure that we are compelled to call this press conference. But 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," said justice Chelameswar, the second-most senior judge in the apex court, who conducted the press meet at his home.

He further said, "We tried to persuade the CJI to take steps but failed. Unless the institution of Supreme Court is preserved, democracy won't survive in this or in any country if these remedial measures are not put in place."

"...We were left with no choice except to communicate it to the nation that please take care of the institution...Don't want people to say 20 years later that we did not take care of the institution," said justice Chelameswar.

Addressing the press conference, all four justices made it clear that they were not engaging in politics.

Meanwhile, in a letter released subsequently, the judges accused that many important cases are being assigned selectively and that certain cases are allocated by the CJI to benches of preference.

"There is an issue of assignment of a case which is raised in that letter (to the CJI)," said justice Gogoi. On being asked if it is about special CBI judge BH Loya, Gogoi said, "Yes."

The remarks are being seen in a significant manner as the top court today took up for consideration petitions requesting for an independent probe into the death of judge Loya who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case of 2004, in which various police officers and BJP's National President Amit Shah have been named as parties.

"There have been instances where a case having far-reaching consequences for the nation and the institution had been assigned by Chief Justice of this court selectively to benches without rationale basis. This must be guarded against at all costs," says the letter by the judges. "We are not mentioning details only to avoid embarrassing the institution but note that such departures have already damaged the image of this institution to some extent."

Minutes after the press meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi summoned Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to discuss the issue at hand, as per the report published in Zee News.

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