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'Call full court to discuss future of Supreme Court': Senior Judges to CJI Dipak Misra

By Deepika
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    In a letter addressed to Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra two senior judges of the Supreme Court, Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Madan Lokur have called for a full court to discuss "institutional issues" and the "future" of the apex court.

    Dipak Misra

    In a brief two-sentence letter delivered to CJI Misra on Sunday, Justices Gogoi and Lokur, who are members of the Collegium, demanded that he call a "full court" on the judicial side to discuss "institutional issues" and the "future" of the court.

    CJI Dipak Misra has reportedly not responded to the letter. The CJI had called an informal meeting last week which reached no conclusion.

    The CJI calls a full court meeting of the Supreme Court when a matter of public importance relating to the judiciary comes up.

    On April 9, Justice Kurian Joseph had written to the CJI and all judges of the Supreme Court over the government sitting on the Collegium recommendation to appoint Justice K M Joseph and Indu Malhotra to the apex court.

    Justice Jasti Chelameswar, the most senior judge, which he had written on March 21 to all judges, asking the CJI to call for a full court to discuss government interference in the appointment of judges to the High Court. The CJI neither replied to the letter nor did he call a full court.

    The Opposition notice for impeachment was rejected on Monday by Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu. Justice Gogoi is expected to succeed CJI Misra who demits office in October.

    Naidu held extensive consultations with top legal and constitutional experts, including former chief justices and judges, before taking the decision.

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