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Posted at: Jan 14, 2018, 2:26 AM; last updated: Jan 14, 2018, 3:13 PM (IST)

Justice Kurian: No need for outside intervention

There is no crisis: Justice Gogoi

  • Justice Ranjan Gogoi, one of the four senior-most Supreme Court judges who virtually revolted against the country’s Chief Justice, on Saturday said “there is no crisis”
  • “There is no crisis,” he said on the sidelines of a programme, when asked about the way forward to resolve the crisis
  • Asked whether their act had amounted to a violation of discipline, Justice Gogoi refused to comment
Justice Kurian: No need for outside intervention
Justice Kurian Joseph

Kochi, January 13

Justice Kurian Joseph, one of the four senior Supreme Court judges who virtually revolted against the country’s Chief Justice over “selective” case allocation and certain judicial orders, today said there was no need for outside intervention to solve the problem.

Justice Joseph expressed confidence that the issues raised by them would be resolved. “An issue was raised. Those concerned have listened to it. Such actions would not occur in future. So (I) believe that the issue has been settled,” he told reporters here when asked about ways to sort out the issues raised by them.

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“There is no need for outside intervention to solve the matter because it is a matter (that) occurred within an institution. Necessary steps would be taken by the institution itself to sort it out,” Justice Joseph said when asked if outside intervention was required to solve the matter.

The matter was not brought to the attention of the President of India as he has no constitutional responsibility over the Supreme Court or the judges of the apex court, Justice Joseph said.

He said there was no constitutional lapse on the part of the Chief Justice of India but convention, practice and procedure have to be followed while carrying out his responsibility.

“We just brought that matter to his attention,” he said on the sidelines of the silver jubilee celebrations of the Major Archiespicopal Status of the Syro-Malabar Church at Kakkanad, near here.

Justice Joseph said the judges acted solely in the interest of judiciary and justice. “As some of you suggested, it was a step for correction. The issue will end with the correction,” he said.

Earlier, he rejected suggestions that they had violated discipline and expressed the hope that their action will bring in more transparency in the administration of the Supreme Court. “Stood up for justice and judiciary... that is what we said there (in New Delhi) yesterday. Nothing beyond that,” Justice Joseph said in Malayalam when local television news channels approached him at his ancestral home in Kalady.

Justice Joseph said the judges had acted only to “enhance the trust of the people in judiciary”. — PTI

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