Lawyers on TV are killing the Supreme Court: Justice Arun Mishra
Advocates targeting the Supreme Court within the court hall and on television debates are killing the institution, Justice Arun Misra said. The comments were made when he was hearing a petition filed by the Medical Council of India against an ordinance of the Kerala government that allowed two medical colleges to admit students despite a Supreme Court order which ruled in the contrary.
In January, Justice Mishra found himself to be collateral damage when four senior judges held a press conference in January to speak out against the alleged arbitrary allocation of cases by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra. They claimed that sensitive matters were being allocated to junior judges.
When asked whether the marking of a petition seeking an independent enquiry into special judge BH Loya's death to a bench headed by Mishra prompted them to come out in the open, one of the four answered in the affirmative, a HT report said.
Although Justice Misra had heard the petition on the first date, it was later withdrawn from his bench and transferred to a three-judge bench led by the CJI that eventually ruled out foul play in judge Loya's death and passed scathing remarks against the petitioner's lawyers for misusing the public interest litigation (PIL) platform.