In an unprecedented move, four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court today held a press conference to talk about the functioning of the top court saying the situation was “not in order” and many “less than desirable” things have taken place.
4 Justice Jasti Chelameswar, 64
Justice Jasti Chelameswar
- He was also in the news for the wrong reasons in November last year when a two-judge bench headed by him had ordered setting up of a five-judge bench of senior-most judges of the court to hear pleas by an NGO and a lawyer, levelling serious allegations of bribes being taken in the names of judges to get favourable order in a medical college case.
- The order, which had brought to fore the tussle within the top judiciary, was overturned by a five-judge bench headed by the CJI which asserted that Chief Justice of India was the “master of the roster”.
- Second most senior judge of the Supreme Court after the Chief Justice of India
- Became a Supreme Court judge on October 10, 2011, and will retire in June this year before the Chief Justice Retires.
- Has been openly critical of the collegium system of appointing judges to the Supreme Court and high courts
- Was in favour of the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) for appointing judges, gave a dissenting order as part of the bench that declared NJAC unconstitutional in 2015
- He was part of the nine-judge constitution bench which had declared right to privacy as a fundamental right.
3Justice Ranjan Gogoi, 63
Justice Ranjan Gogoi
- Justice Gogoi-led bench had issued contempt notice to former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju for allegedly using “intemperate” language and “scandalising” the judiciary in one of his Facebook posts. Justice (retd) Katju had appeared before the apex court and tendered unconditional apology which was accepted by the bench.
- Will be the next Chief Justice of India, the first judge from the North East to do so
- Son of former Assam Chief Minister Late KC Gogoi
- Was on the bench that made it mandatory for those contesting parliamentary and assembly elections to declare their assets, education background and cases against them
- Was among the seven judges who last year sentenced Justice CS Karnan, a sitting high court judge, to six months in jail for contempt.
- Was part of the two-judge bench that struck down OBC status to Jats
2 Justice Madan Bhimarao Lokur 64
Justice Madan Bhimarao Lokur
- Justice Lokur-led bench in October last year had passed a historic verdict criminalising sex with a wife who is not a major holding that sexual intercourse with a girl below 18 years of age, even by the husband, would now amount to rape.
- An order passed by Justice Lokur’s bench temporarily lifting the stay and permitting the sale of firecrackers in the Delhi-national capital region before Diwali last year had created a controversy.
- Later, another bench of the top court had held that firecrackers would not be sold in Delhi-NCR during Diwali.
- Became a Supreme Court judge in 2012, due to retire in December this year
- Was among the two judges who ruled last year that sex with minor wife is rape
1Justice Kurian Joseph 64
Justice Kurian Joseph
- Justice Joseph, along with Justices R F Nariman and U U Lalit, had delivered the majority judgement in the triple talaq case in which the then CJI J S Khehar was in a minority.
- He had stoked controversy in April 2015 with his letter to then CJI H L Dattu opposing Chief Justice’s conference being held on a Good Friday, an auspicious day for Christians.
- In another letter last year, Justice Joseph had asked the Centre to consider revising leave travel concession rules for judges of the apex court and granted them eight LTC in a year, instead of the present three.
- Became a Supreme Court judge in 2013, due to retire in November this year
- Was among the judges who ruled last year that triple talaq is unconstitutional
- Was part of the bench that struck down the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) as illegal in 2015