The Asian Age – Day after SC judges questioned CJI’s conduct, Bar Association to meet today

Four Supreme Court senior judges on Friday questioned ‘unilateral and biased’ decisions of the CJI in allocation of ‘important’ cases to junior judges.

New Delhi-India, 13 January 2018. A day after four senior sitting judges of Supreme Court went public, questioning the conduct of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, the Bar Association has decided to hold a meeting on Saturday evening.

Senior advocate Supreme Court Bar Association President Vikas Singh said, “If they had to come for a PC (press conference) then they should have said something substantial. Just creating doubts in the minds of people will not serve the interest of the judiciary. This was not properly planned. They didn’t say anything about justice Loya”.

In an unprecedented move in the annals of judiciary, four senior most judges of the Supreme Court on Friday questioned the “unilateral and biased” decisions of the CJI in allocation of “important” cases to junior judges.

In a joint press conference, Justice J Chelameswar (number 2 in seniority), (Justices Ranjan Gogoi (number 3) Madan B Lokur (number 4) and Kurian Joseph (number 5), who felt that they were being sidelined, alleged that the situation in the Supreme Court was not in order and said many “less than desirable” things have taken place in the last few months.

The conference was held at the residence of Justice Chelameswar, who led the briefing.

In an apparent warning, the judges said lack of impartiality in allocation of high profile cases and constitution of benches with junior judges could imperil India’s democracy.

They said though they wrote a seven-page letter to the CJI two months ago (on allocation of work), the allocation of two petitions on Friday seeking a probe into the death of former CBI sessions judge B H Loya who discharged BJP president Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, to a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra (number 10 in the rank) triggered the controversy.

Justice Chelameswar said, “this is an extraordinary event for the history of any nation, more particularly this nation, an extraordinary event in the history of this institution of judiciary. It is with no pleasure we are compelled to take this call for a press conference but sometimes the administration of the Supreme Court is not in order and many things which are less than desirable which have happened in the last few months”.

He said, “We tried to collectively persuade the Chief Justice that certain things are not in order and therefore remedial measures need to be taken, unfortunately our efforts failed.”

Asked whether allocation of petitions in Loya’s case was the flash point, they said, “we all met the CJI in his chambers this morning with a specific request, which unfortunately could not convince him that we were right; therefore, we were left with no choice to but to communicate it to the nation.”

They said, “All four of us are convinced that unless this institution is preserved and it maintains its equanimity, democracy will not survive in this country or any country. For a survival of a democracy it is said that a hallmark of a good democracy is an independent and impartial judge.”

To a specific question “what are the remedies now? Do you want the Chief Justice of India to be impeached?” Justice Chelameswar said, “We are not saying anything now. Let the nation decide, we are nobodies to decide.”

On his part Justice Gogoi said, “Whatever Justice Chelameswar has told you is the whole of it, it is the discharge of a debt to the nation that has brought us here and we think that we have discharged the debt to the nation. More is in the letter, beyond this I don’t think there is any other issue we need to address.”

Justice Gogoi said, “I don’t want another 20 years later wise men in this country blame that Chelamesawar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph sold their souls, they didn’t take care of this institute. So we place it before the people of this country. We don’t want to say anything more. The letter speaks for itself.”


The Tribune – In Talwandi Sabo, Naam Charcha sparks protest; 22 Premis booked

Gagandeep Sharma, Tribune News Service

Bathinda-Panjab-India, 12 January 2018. Tension prevailed in Talwandi Sabo today when Major Singh’s family, followers of the Dera Sacha Sauda, started Naam Charcha to mark the birthday of his child.

As the word spread, senior police officials deployed heavy force there. They got the Naam Charcha stopped when Sikh youths started converging there in large numbers and took all members present in the house in police custody.

When the Sikh youths reached the police station and demanded a case against them under Section 295-A (intend to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion) of the IPC, the police booked 22 dera followers under Section 107/151 (disturbing law and order) of the CrPC.

They were produced in a local court, following which they were released on bail. The next hearing in the case is on January 16.

Meanwhile, Takht Shri Damdama Sahib Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh asked the police and civil administration to make sure that no such incident takes place in the area in future.  said the Sikh Sangat would not tolerate such activities in the area.

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The Stratford Observer – Murder suspects arrested in missing Sikh teenager mystery

Rugby-Warwickshire-UK, 13 January 2018. Detectives investigating the disappearance of a Rugby born and bred Sikh teenager from Warwickshire over 30 years ago are appealing for information following the arrest of two people on suspicion of her murder.

Officers from West Yorkshire Police arrested a 75-year-old man on January 8 at an address in Gravesend, Kent, on suspicion of the murder of former Rugby resident Harbans Kaur Lally. They also arrested a 74-year-old woman on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

A 53-year-old man was also arrested on the same day from an address in the Hay Mills area of Birmingham on suspicion of perjury.

He has been released under investigation, and the other man and woman have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

The investigation follows information received by detectives that raises concerns about Harbans’ disappearance and suspected murder.

Harbans, whose maiden name was Ranu, was born and grew up in Rugby, and married there in February 1984, before moving to Leeds some time later.

She is known to have worked at the head office of the Burton Group in the city until April 1985. She gave birth to a daughter in July that year at St James’s Hospital in Leeds, and was living at an address in the Meanwood area.

Harbans, who was also known as Susan, is believed to have returned to Rugby in 1985, but disappeared after that, possibly after travelling to India. She was 19-years-old.

As part of the investigation, detectives have also conducted house-to-house enquiries in Bennett Street, in Rugby, where she and her family lived.

Det Ch Insp Nicola Bryar, of West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “We have recently received information that raises concerns about Harbans’ apparent disappearance, which we are now treating as a murder investigation.

“We are currently trying to build up a picture of her life at the time she disappeared and we are very keen to hear from anyone with any information that could assist us.

“We would like to speak to anyone who knew Harbans, who was also known as Susan, when she lived and worked in Leeds in 1984 to 1985, and also anyone who knew her when she was growing up in Rugby, either through school or in the area she lived. We are particularly interested to speak to anyone who knew her when she returned there in 1985.

“We would like to reassure people that we will treat all information in the strictest confidence and would urge anyone who does know something that could assist the investigation to contact us.”

Anyone with information is should call West Yorkshire Police via 101 quoting Operation Parryton or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Rugby born and bred Harbans Kaur Lally went missing in 1985.

The Hindu – Supreme Court judges press conference: Legal fraternity says it’s unprecedented, shocking

Some legal luminaries also said the turn of events had raised a question mark about the credibility of the judicial system

New Delhi-India, 12 January 2018. The decision of four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court to hold a press conference was on Friday termed as “unprecedented” by the legal fraternity, with some experts terming it as “shocking” while some others saying there could have been some compelling reasons for such a move.

Some legal luminaries also said the turn of events had raised a question mark about the credibility of the judicial system.

Senior advocates K T S Tulsi, former union law ministers Salman Khurshid and Ashwini Kumar, former judges Justice R S Sodhi and Justice Mukul Mudgal expressed concern over the unprecedented press conference, while senior advocate Indira Jaising welcomed the move and congratulated the four judges.

The BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy said when such judges come out to do a press conference, it is necessary to take them seriously rather than finding fault.

Mr Swamy said the Prime Minister should take an initiative and contact the Chief Justice and the four judges to resolve the whole situation through the process of consultation.

However, Justice Sodhi questioned the move of the top judges approaching the media and asked how they can administer the Supreme Court through press conferences.

“I am so pained at the outcome of the things… It is appalling. How can you administer Supreme Court by press conference. Are you going to hold a referendum and ask people what is right and wrong,” Justice Sodhi said.

Justice Mudgal said the four senior-most judges were bringing the issues to light which according to them was necessary to be brought to the public notice.

He said they must have had compelling reasons to go public and “they are not publicity hungry judges and do not crave for unnecessary publicity”.

Terming the presser as “a welcome step”, senior lawyer Indira Jaising congratulated the four judges for the “bold move” and said: “As they said they are discharging a debt to history, namely to let the nation know that something is going wrong and needs to be corrected.”

She said the intention of the press meet was “to build a consensus to owe a debt of duty to the institution as a whole and ensure that this institution survives for you and me.”

Advocate Prashant Bhushan also termed the event as unprecedented and said the judges took extreme decision to hold press conference under compelling circumstances.

“These four judges are very responsible. If they are doing this, the situation would have definitely gone out of control. They said the CJI was misusing his administrative powers to allot all cases,” Advocate Bhushan said.

Senior lawyer K T S Tulsi said the step was quite shocking and one had never thought that “things would come such far compelling the four senior-most judges to adopt this course of action.”

“I am sure they (four judges) have exhausted all other remedies. One could see pain on their faces while they were speaking. The whole matter is with respect to judicial propriety. The question is of natural justice. Whatever is the law for common man, it is applied much more rigorously as far as judges are concerned because they must always be above suspicion,” Lawyer Tulsi said.

Similarly, former union minister and senior advocate Khurshid said there were some deep differences among the judges about how the apex court should function, terming it as a matter of anguish.

“I can only hope that conversation among the judges will not snap and will continue and that with accommodation and logic it will be settled. It has come too far,” Mr Khurshid said.

Former Law Minister Ashwini Kumar said it was “a sad day for Indian democracy.”

“This press conference is a strike at the root of the institutional integrity of the higher judiciary. It has raised question marks about the credibility of the system as such and has directly cast aspersions at the head of the Indian judiciary.

“I think the people of this country who have had highest regard to the highest judiciary will now be forced to think aloud as to whether we have gone gravely wrong somewhere,” he said.

Accompanied by three senior judges Justices Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, Justice J Chelameswar himself said “this is an extraordinary event in the history of any nation, more particularly this nation and an extraordinary event in the institution of judiciary … It is with no pleasure that we are compelled to call this press conference.

“But sometimes administration of the Supreme Court is not in order and many things which are less than desirable have happened in the last few months.”