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Justice Jasti Chelameswar, one of the four Supreme Court judges who held a press conference on January 12, on Wednesday told The Economic Times that attempts were being made to resolve differences in the judiciary.

During the meeting, which lasted for half an hour, at the CJI's chamber, CJI Misra and other four judges, Justice Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, discussed the contentious points, sources said.

The meeting that was expected to take place on Wednesday did not materialise as Justice Chelameswar did not attend the court because of his indisposition.

On Sunday, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had met a seven-member delegation of the Bar Council of India and Supreme Court Bar Association President Vikas Singh and had assured them that the crisis would be sorted out soon and congeniality would prevail.

A communication from the SCBA said that Singh met the CJI and flagged various administrative issues and suggested allocation of work in the Supreme Court on the lines of roster allotment in the Delhi High Court. The four judges felt that Misra has so far been unable to offer any concrete proposal for resolution of the structural issues that they have raised.

The Commit tee of Judicial Accountability and Reforms had on Tuesday sent a complaint against the CJI to the four judges who had complained of procedural irregularities.




By enacting the Aadhaar law, the state has been handed over a switch by which it can cause civil death of its citizens and it is unsafe to democracy, argued senior counsel Shaym Divan in the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

The issues raised by the four judges evoked a mixed response from the legal fraternity with some siding with them while others criticising them for going public regarding the problems in the top court, saying it will have long-term consequences. However, the bench countered by posing the query whether the government does not have the right to say that it was spending crores of rupees on welfare schemes and needed to verify whether benefits were reaching the needy; also whether the leakage or pilferage of resources had stopped. This suggests that although their press conference - unprecedented in the history of the Supreme Court - was perceived as "revolt", they have shown openness to channels of resolution.

The U.S. Department of Justice said that it plans to appeal this case to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals based in San Francisco.

Efforts by sitting judges and advocate bodies to mediate a solution to the crisis have not succeeded.

The sources said hectic parleys were underway and that Justices U U Lalit and D Y Chandrachud also had a meeting with Justice Chelameswar, who is the senior most judge after the CJI, late last evening. Also on the agenda was adopting a procedure if there are allegations of corruption on a judge.

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