KK Venugopal, Attorney General of India
Press meet by four judges could have been avoided: AG
New Delhi, Jan 12, 2018: Attorney General K.K. Venugopal on Friday said that the four senior most judges could have avoided addressing a press conference on their differences with the Chief Justice but expressed confidence that the entire issue would be resolved.
He said the Supreme Court judges are all statesmen with their experience and knowledge and he was hopeful that differences between them will be fully resolved in the next few days.
"This will be resolved. Please wait till tomorrow or the day after," he said.
Venugopal said the action of the judges appearing before the electronic media will seriously affect public confidence in the court.
At a hurriedly called press conference at his residence, Justice J. Chelameswar and three other colleagues said the Supreme Court administration was "not in order" and their efforts to persuade Chief Justice Misra even this morning "with a specific request" failed, forcing them to "communicate with the nation" directly.
The four judges -- Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph and Madan B. Lokur besides Justice Chelameswar -- released a letter they wrote to the Chief Justice a couple of months ago, conceding that he was the master of roster but that was "not a recognition of any superior authority, legal or factual of the Chief Justice over his colleagues".(agency)