Crisis in Supreme Court seems to be unresolved, says Attorney General

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New Delhi: The crisis in the Supreme Court seems to be far from over with Attorney General K.K. Venugopal Tuesday saying the matter seems to be unresolved and Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president Vikas Singh hoping it would be settled by this weekend.

Venugopal, who Monday asserted that everything was settled in the judiciary, Tuesday said, “I think it (crisis) has not been settled. Lets hope things will be fully settled within 2-3 days”.

A crisis erupted on 12 January after four senior judges—Justices J. Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B. Lokur and Kurian Joseph—openly castigated the functioning of the top court headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. Asked about the crisis, senior advocate and SCBA president Singh Tuesday said there was a likelihood of the crisis being resolved by the end of this week. “By the end of this week the crisis is likely to be resolved,” he said, when asked about the present situation.

Singh said when he had handed over the resolution of the SCBA to the CJI on Sunday, he had got the impression that the crisis would be resolved. Singh said the CJI was hopeful that within a week things will return to normalcy. He also said as of now it appeared that everything is returning to normal.

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The SCBA in its emergency meeting on Saturday had passed a resolution asking the chief justice to convene a full court meeting of the apex court judges and transfer all pending PILs for hearing before the five senior-most judges who are members of the collegium. Asked whether he had a meeting or spoke with any of the four judges or the CJI, Venugopal said, “Nothing of that sort has happened”. However, he hoped things will be sorted out in the next couple of days.

The four top Supreme Court judges had on Monday resumed work, belying the simmering tensions sparked by their accusations against the Chief Justice, while the Attorney General had described the unprecedented crisis as “a storm in a tea cup”.

In the presser, the four judges had flagged certain problems, including the assigning of cases in the apex court, and said there were certain issues afflicting the country’s highest court.

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had on Sunday met a seven-member delegation of the Bar Council of India and SCBA president Vikas Singh and had assured them that the crisis would be sorted out soon and congeniality would prevail.livemint