Four SC judges air differences with CJI Misra

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Mains Paper 2: Polity | Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Not much

Mains level: It is first-of-its-kind incident in the history of Indian Judiciary.


Allegations by the four judges

  1. The revelation at the press conference came a couple of hours after a Bench led by Justice Arun Mishra heard the Loya petition
  2. Without naming any, Justice Chelameswar(one of the four judges) said that several other important cases like this had been assigned to preferred Benches over the past months

What is the issue of contention?

  1. The convention of the court demands that important cases of public interest or sensitive matters should be first heard by the CJI
  2. If the CJI is not willing for some reason to hear the case, it should be assigned to the next senior-most judge in the Supreme Court
  3. Instead of that, such cases were assigned to certain Benches and eventually given a quiet burial
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