After a stormy Friday, a tense customary tea meet at the Supreme Court
The customary tea meet before resuming work at the Supreme Court was a tense one. It was the first time that all the judges of the Supreme Court were meeting following the controversial press conference addressed by four senior-most judges led by Justice J Chelameswar.
The Attorney General of India, K K Venugopal and Bar Council of India chairman, Mannan Mishra claimed that the crisis has been resolved. However going by the sequence of events, it appears as though there is a quietus on the issue, but tensions still remain.
The main point that was made by the four judges was relating to the allocation of matters. They felt that junior judges were being sensitive matters and the seniors were not consulted.
This was not taken kindly at all by one of the judges who were part of the customary tea meet on Monday morning. He sought to know why the judges had gone to the press? Could you not have called or a full court meeting instead or at least spoken to us before rushing to the press, the judge sought to know.
Sources tell OneIndia that the judge was livid and felt that a platform had been created for all and sundry to debate on the internal matters of the Supreme Court. He further sought to know if the junior judges were incapable of handling sensitive issues.
At the court of the Chief Justice of India, a counsel sought to raise the matter. The advocate sought strict punishment against the four judges and also said that the presser was driven by anti-national elements. CJI, Dipal Misra listened to the counsel patiently and did not say a word. He ended the matter with a smile and resumed hearing of the matters posted before him.
Towards the end of the day, a Constitution Bench had been set up comprising five judges. None of the top four judges is part of this Bench.