Centre's interference in judiciary unsafe for democracy: Mamata

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When the judge died, he was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh alleged fake encounter case of 2005 in which, BJP president Amit Shah, was also an accused. But the method used by them to find relief from the public is wrong.

"The Government of India has conveyed the need to make improvement on the draft MoP to the Secretary General of the Supreme Court vide letter dated 11".

All four senior judges - justice Chelameswar, justice Gogoi, justice Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph walk in for press conference.

"We do not want the people to say 20 years later that the four senior-most judges sold their soul", Justice Chelameswar said.

"We met CJI this morning".

The letter, that was released to the press, was sent a couple of months back, Justice Chelameswar said.

While crying ourselves hoarse over the opaqueness with which the Collegium operates, can we, at the same time, criticize them for attempting to be transparent about how the institution is functioning? Again, without saying it in so many words he went on to draw parallels with the Emergency. We have tried to persuade the chief justice that certain things are not in order in the Supreme Court but we have failed. He said they should have sought redress within the system. We owe a responsibility to the institution and the nation. They have also made a point about Judge Loya's case and I think that is also something that needs to be investigated properly.

"This press conference strikes at the root of institutional integrity of the higher judiciary".

"It is a dark day for democracy that even the judges are working under pressure and without independence", he said. It comprised just one word.

Shetty, who spoke on higher fees, recalled an incident when former PM Jawaharlal Nehru wanted to meet Justice MC Mahajan, who was next in line for the apex court's top post, "Three Judges of the Supreme Court, including Justice Mukherjea, whom Nehru wanted as the next Chief Justice, offered to resign". They rose after addressing the media for around 10 minutes. And Prashant Bhushan the lawyer and politician said CJI Dipak is misusing his power and this must have to stop because it is unsafe for our democracy. If so which are these specific instances?

With talk of impeachment and resignation doing the rounds, and political mileage being milked out of the situation, the question remains as to whether the manner in which the four judges chose to express their dissatisfaction stands the test of judicial propriety.

Immediately after the NDA government came to power in 2014 a controversy erupted when senior lawyer Gopal Subramanium's appointment as a Supreme Court judge was allegedly scuttled.

Last week, CJI Dipak Misra recused himself from a case related to attaching the properties of Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union minister P. Chidambaram, in connection with the Aircel-Maxis deal case. Their strategy may well be Maun Ki Baat.

In democracy, people have lost faith in Legislature and Executive, and their faith lies only in Judiciary now, he said.

█ █ What has happened today could have been avoided.