Bar council forms team to bridge rift between SC judges

ANI | Updated: Jan 13, 2018 23:09 IST

New Delhi [India], Jan. 13 (ANI): The Bar Council of India (BCI) on Saturday formed a seven-member delegation which will attempt to mend ties between four senior Supreme Court judges and Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra.

BCI Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said, "We have a meeting today (Saturday) and tomorrow (Sunday). Our delegation will meet Chief Justice Dipak Misra and those four senior judges to request them to resolve the issue internally."

"It was most unfortunate that four senior judges held a press conference, sending out a message that all was not well with the Supreme Court and that the issue should have been sorted out internally," the BCI Chairman further stated.

Talking about the complaint raised by justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, Mishra said the memorandum of procedure must be finalised at the earliest.

"We will write a letter to the government for the same, but is not that big a matter to be brought in public," he added.

The Bar Council chief said the statements made by Congress President Rahul Gandhi and other political parties were unfortunate and requested them not to politicise the matter.

Gandhi, just hours after the four judges went public about their apparent rift with the CJI, on Friday, called for a serious investigation into their allegations.

The press conference had evoked mixed reactions from various members of the society.

Mishra, however, praised the government's reported stance to not interfere as the controversy was part of the "judiciary's internal matter".

Yesterday, in an unprecedented move, the four judges alleged that the chief justice had violated conventions in his role as the master of the roster. (ANI)