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New Delhi:The Bar Council of India (BCI) on Saturday formed a seven-member team to meet all judges of the Supreme Court, barring the five seniormost judges, to discuss the present crisis in the apex court.

The judges had said that there were certain issues afflicting the country's highest court and warned that they could destroy Indian democracy. The current situation, they added, was hampering the integrity of the judiciary.

"Democracy can not survive without an independent judiciary", the judge added.

The four judges are justices Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph and Madan B. Lokur, besides Justice Chelameswar.

"The difference that have been reported in the press by the four senior judges of the SC and the other differences. are of grave concern and should be immediately considered by the full court of the Supreme Court", stated another resolution passed by the SCBA.

"We did this for a cause and I think (the) issues appear to have been sorted out". It said the four seniormost judges going public with their differences with the CJI had given an opportunity to the political parties and leaders to interfere in the affairs of the judiciary.

R.S. Sodhi, a retired Supreme Court justice, was quoted by The Associated Press news agency as saying that the judges' decision to express their grievances openly was appalling. Such events can only lead to something good and can't damage the reputation of the institution. If the credibility goes, who will respect the institution?

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"It is with no pleasure that we are compelled to call this press conference".

The second is to have all public interest litigation cases listed before the CJI or the next top four judges. The letter speaks about the RP Luthra matter which was dealt by Justice Goel and Justice UU Lalit.

"As far as MOP is concerned, it must be finalised at the earliest in a proper manner". It's incomprehensible as to why Luthra verdict was cited in the letter. The CJI's ruling annulled the Chelameswar's order when he demanded to constitute a five-bench committee to hear the case against Misra.

On Friday, the four judges alleged that the chief justice had violated conventions in his role as the master of the roster. But the way CJI has been forming those benches leaves a lot to be desired.

Based on the report, two petitions asking for an investigation into the judge's death were assigned to a bench that the four judges reportedly disapproved of. "Still you have to give him the primacy".

In February previous year, when the Collegium recommended five names of other judges for elevation to the Supreme Court, Justice J Chelameswar had penned down a dissent note, expressing his serious objections to the move to drop Justice Joseph. "I don't know how this justice Loya issue is coming up for discussion in this matter at all".


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