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Judge Loya's mystery death must be thoroughly investigated: Rahul Gandhi

Judge Loya's mystery death must be thoroughly investigated: Rahul Gandhi

One of the four senior-most judges, who held an unprecedented press conference, had said that the matter involving Judge Loya's death was one of the issues underpinning their differences with Chief Justice Dipak Misra. "We all (four judges) are convinced that unless this institution is preserved and (is allowed to) maintain its equanimity, democracy will not survive in this country or any country", Justice Chelameswar added.

When the media asked whether this letter and their decision to address them for the first time in independent India's history was in regard to the Justice Loya case, Justice Chelameswar consulted with Justice Gogoi, and then said, "We are making a copy of the letter available to the press".

"We tried to collectively persuade the chief justice of India that certain things are not right and remedial measures need to be taken, but unfortunately we failed".

At the news conference, all the judges rubbished questions on whether they have broken ranks and said that they will start doing things which they do. "We place it before the people of country".

The responses coming in from over the various quarters are falling in every spectrum of morality, while the justices urged the Prime Minister to intervene in the matter urgently.

The CPI (M) meanwhile said the integrity and independence of the judiciary, is a vital pillar of the Constitution and non-negotiable.

On 4 July, 2017, a Bench of seven Judges of this Court decided In Re, Hon'ble Shri Justice C.S. Karnan [(2017) 1 SCC 1]. We had no choice but to communicate to the nation to take care of the institution. Even this morning, on a particular issue, we, four of us, went and met the Chief Justice with a specific request.

The criticism came after the Congress put out a two-page statement that asked the Supreme Court judges to jointly discuss the points flagged by four judges of the top court. Yes, there are serious allegations against the Chief Justice of India.

The matter is now in the public, and while the media trials are not allowed, the judges have submitted yet the entire judiciary to the trial by the media.

On the Congress seeking a probe into Loya's death by the highest level of the Supreme Court, Patra said the main opposition party should refrain from commenting on issues pending before the Supreme Court.

The four judges did not provide details of their grievances during the press conference, but they released the letter which they had sent to Chief Justice Misra. While BJP's MP Subramanian Swamy said "We can't criticize them; Also, he said that PM must have to ensure that four judges and CJI along with Supreme Court have to come at one opinion". He said: "They have mentioned that there is a threat to democracy.

Cases that have far reaching implications to society and governance must be heard, in accordance with well established conventions, by the senior most judges of the Supreme Court". The judges pointed out that the CJI used his discretionary powers to allocate important cases which affect national interest, selectively to his bench rather than allocating them on a rationale.

"We are deeply anguished with the developments today about the Supreme Court".

█ █ The judiciary is the sanctuary of the common man.

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