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The vocal four

Justice Jasti Chelameswar

He was elevated to the Supreme Court on October 10, 2011, and is currently number 2 in the judges’ hierarchy.

He was the Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court between May 2007 and March 2010 when he was transferred to Kerala High Court as the Chief Justice.

He is one of the few judges who have favoured the idea of National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) that seeks to nullify the Collegium system for appointment of judges.

He is scheduled to retire in June this year.

Justice Ranjan Gogoi

Elevated to the Supreme Court as a Judge on April 23, 2012, Justice Ranjan Gogoi is the next in line to become the Chief Justice of India.

He was briefly in the news for recusing himself from hearing the plea filed by a lawyers’ group against the proposed elevation of Justice JS Khehar as the CJI in 2016.

Gogoi reportedly used to ask lawyers: “Does this case fall in the 93 per cent or in the seven per cent?” Flummoxed, a bunch of lawyers decided to find out the secret behind this seemingly strange query. They researched all apex court judgments between January 1 and December 31, 2014, and found that of the 884 judgments, just 64 cases (or 7 per cent), pertained to any meaningful constitutional issues.

He also served as the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Justice Madan B Lokur

Appointed as Judge of the SC on June 4, 2012, he has vast experience in civil, criminal, constitutional cases.

In 1999, he was appointed an Additional Judge of Delhi High Court and its Permanent Judge five months later.

He functioned as Acting Chief Justice of Delhi HC, Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court and Andhra Pradesh High Court. He is due to retire in December-end this year.

Justice Kurian Joseph

Elevated as a Judge of the SC on March 8, 2013, he is a proponent of judiciary playing a pro-active role to meet people’s expectations.

He was part of the Bench comprising Justice RM Lodha, Justice Lokur and himself that — while hearing the coal block allocation case — vowed to free the CBI from any political interference.

On August 22 last year, Justice Joseph gave a verdict against the practice of triple talaq or instant divorce practised by some sects of Muslims, and held that the practice of triple talaq was not integral to the religion or personal laws of that community. He will retire on November 30 this year. — IANSry is to


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