Read: Letter Outlining Supreme Court Judges Complaint To Chief Justice

Read: Letter Outlining Supreme Court Judges Complaint To Chief Justice

Designated as a senior advocate in 2007, she would be the first woman lawyer to be directly appointed as a judge of the top court, instead of being elevated from a high court.

In a virtual revolt against the CJI, the judges said they had approached Justice Misra with a complaint letter but failed to convince him. However, he withdrew his consent to be the judge of the apex court after government returned his recommendation and a spate of stories appeared in the media critical of him.

The above apart, subsequent to the decision of the Constitution Bench, detailed discussions were held by collegium of five judges (including yourself) and the Memorandum of Procedure was finalised and sent by then Honourable Chief Justice of India to the Government of India in March 2017.

They said they had no choice but to "address the nation" because the chief justice had "refused to listen to their concerns" earlier. The four judges at the press conference said that there is an issue of the assignment of a case.

"All of us are convinced that unless this institution is protected and maintain its requirements, democracy will not survive in the country or any country". With an unrivalled move, the seniormost of judges including Justice J Chelameswar of the Supreme Court spoke out against the Cheif Justice Dipak Misra.


Chelameswar said the four judges met with Misra on Friday and demanded changes, but he did not agree with them. They addressed to the press meet on the lawns of Justice Chelameswar's official abode here. The court has been facing criticism for not bringing more women judges into its fold even as more and more gender-sensitive and women-centric cases reach the Supreme Court for adjudication.

Following the press conference, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for an emergency meeting.

Justice Ajay Rastogi has been transferred to Tripura High Court. He is presently the Acting Chief Justice of the High Court. In 1988, she qualified as an Advocate-on-Record in the Supreme Court, and secured the first position in the examination, for which she was awarded the Mukesh Goswami Memorial Prize on Law Day.

According to reports in the Indian media, the press conference comes amid a tug-of-war between the government and the judiciary over how to appoint judges to the high courts and Supreme Court.

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