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Posted at: Dec 6, 2018, 5:46 PM; last updated: Dec 6, 2018, 5:46 PM (IST)

Credibility of judiciary is not determined by newspaper reports: CJ

SC refuses urgent listing of a PIL seeking probe into allegations levelled by Kurian Joseph against ex-CJI Dipak Misra
Credibility of judiciary is not determined by newspaper reports: CJ
CJI Ranjan Gogoi.

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, December 6

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused urgent listing of a PIL seeking a probe into the allegations leveled by former Supreme Court judge Kurian Joseph that former Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra was being “remote-controlled”.

A lawyer mentioned the matter demanding urgent listing of the PIL, saying it was a question of credibility of the institution.

However, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi declined to permit urgent listing of the PIL. “Credibility of the institution is not determined by newspaper reports, but by people who man it,” the CJI said.

Days after retiring from the top court, Justice Joseph – who was one of the four judges to hold a press conference against the then CJI Dipak Misra – had accused Misra of being controlled by external influence. It had a bearing on listing of cases having political significance, Justice Joseph had alleged.

Someone from outside was controlling the CJI, he had alleged. Justice Joseph had said senior judges had met Justice Misra, wrote to him to maintain independence and majesty of the Supreme Court and finally held a press conference on January 12 after all attempts failed.

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