UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Four senior members of India’s Supreme Court called an unprecedented news conference to express concerns about how Chief Justice Dipak Misra is running the court.
Among the biggest issues raised was an accusation that Misra had been assigning important cases to selective benches without any rationale.
Justice Jasti Chelameswar told reporters at the Jan. 12 news conference the institution of the Supreme Court must be preserved or “democracy will not survive.”
Of the 25 members of India’s Supreme Court, the judges who called the news conference are the four most senior judges behind Misra.
Indian National Congress party president Rahul Gandhi says issues raised must be investigated. But the spokesman for the Bharatiya Janata Party counters that internal affairs of the judiciary should not be politicized.
India’s attorney general has reportedly said he believes the judicial spat will be resolved within a few days.