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I stood up for judiciary: SC judge Kurian Joseph says a day after open revolt

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I stood up for judiciary: Kurian Joseph says a day after open revolt Supreme Court judge Kurian Joseph along with three judges voiced their dissent against the chief justice of India and the SC administration. Manorama

Kochi: Justice Kurian Joseph, one of the four senior Supreme Court judges who virtually revolted against the country's Chief Justice over "selective" case allocation and certain judicial orders, on Saturday said there was no need for outside intervention to solve the problem.

A day after he and the three other judges took the unprecedented step of addressing a press conference, justice Joseph expressed confidence that the issues raised by them would be resolved.

"An issue was raised. Those concerned have listened to it. Such actions would not occur in future. So (I) believe that the issue has been settled," he told reporters here when asked about ways to sort out the issues raised by them.

"There is no need for outside intervention to solve the matter because its is a matter (that) occurred within an institution. Necessary steps would be taken by the institution itself to sort it out," justice Joseph said, when asked if outside intervention was required to solve the matter.

The matter was not brought to the attention of the president of India as he has no constitutional responsibility over the Supreme Court or the judges of the apex court, justice Joseph said.

He said there was no constitutional lapse from the part of chief justice of India but convention, practice and procedure has to be followed while carrying out his responsibility.

"We just brought that matter to his attention," he said on the sidelines of the silver jubilee celebrations of the Major Archiespicopal Status of the Syro-Malabar Church at Kakkanad near here.

Justice Joseph said the judges acted solely in the interest of judiciary and justice.

"As some of you suggested it was a step for correction. The issue will end with the correction," he said.

Earlier, he rejected suggestions that they had violated discipline and expressed the hope that their action will bring in more transparency in the administration of the Supreme Court.

"Stood up for justice and judiciary...That is what we said there (in New Delhi) yesterday. Nothing beyond that," justice Joseph said in Malayalam when local television news channels approached him at his ancestral home in Kalady near here seeking his reaction on yesterday's development.

"An issue has come to attention. It will certainly be solved since it has come to the attention," he told reporters.

Justice Joseph said the judges had acted only to "enhance the trust of the people in judiciary."

The four senior most judges of the Supreme Court - justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph - had called a press conference in New Delhi and said the situation in the top court was "not in order" and many "less than desirable" things have taken place.

The unprecedented move by the four judges brought to fore the simmering differences between the country's top judge Dipak Misra and some senior judges in the apex court in recent months. The apex court currently has 25 judges.

Unless this institution is preserved, "democracy will not survive in this country," they had said.

Justice Chelameswar, the second senior judge after the chief justice of India, had said "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".

Chelameswar said they had met CJI Dipak Misra Friday morning and "raised issues affecting the institution". He also said that the four judges had written a letter to CJI Dipak Misra some time back, raising important issues.

The judges accused CJI Misra of not taking any 'remedial measures' on some of the issues which affected the functioning of the apex court that they had raised. Justice Misra became the CJI on August 28, 2017, and he is due to retire from on October 2, 2018.

Reacting to the development, former Supreme Court judge justice K T Thomas said the matter should be taken very seriously as four senior judges of the collegium had come out and spoken.

Recalling that he too was a part of the collegium in the past, he said that they were always consulted by the chief justice on every important issue.

Asked if the press meet called by the four judges was improper, justice KG Balakrishnan said it was not a criminal offense and that there was nothing wrong in it.

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