Bangalore: The government is the governing body of the people in their respective states in the whole country. The government of the corresponding states and country should do the needful to keep their people in good status. Whenever public face a problem, it is their government that should come forward and help them. In case, if these people have problems with their government, then where will they go? The Supreme Court of India is where they should approach to get their issues sorted out.
There are several other courts like session court, district court, high court among which the Supreme Court is the highest and the final court of appeal of the country. It handles and judges appeals primarily against verdicts of the High Courts of various states of the Union and other courts and tribunals. It settles disputes between various governments in the country, thereby, safeguarding the fundamental rights of the citizens.
Now think of an extreme end where first time in the history of India and first time in the history of the Supreme Court of India, four judges namely Justices Madan B. Lokur, Kurien Joseph, Ranjan Gogoi and Jasti Chelameswar have appealed to the nation on Friday, 12th January 2018 to save the institution if at all they want the democracy to survive. The four judges addressed the press conference on the lawns of Justice Chelameswar’s official residence. On behalf of the four judges, Justice Chelameswar spoke to the media.
Let’s see some key points Justice Chelameswar reported to the media.
He said, “We owe a responsibility to the institution and the nation. Our efforts have failed in convincing the CJI (Chief Justice of India) to take steps to protect the institution.” He made a reference to the letter they have written to the CJI (Chief Justice of India) Dipak Misra where they have discussed mainly about the corrosion and compromise taking place within the institution of Judiciary.
He further added, “Even this morning, the four of us went and met the Chief Justice of India and tried to persuade him to accept that certain things are not in order and that he should take remedial measures. Unfortunately, we couldn’t convince him. We all (four judges) are convinced that unless this institution is preserved and (is allowed to) maintain its equanimity, democracy will not survive in this country or any country”
#WATCH: Supreme Court Judge J.Chelameswar says, ‘All 4 of us are convinced that unless this institution (Supreme Court) is preserved & it maintains its equanimity, democracy will survive in this country, or any country. pic.twitter.com/FBYSeLClH6
— ANI (@ANI) January 12, 2018
“The hallmark of a good democracy is an independent and impartial judge. The judge is symbolic here, it is the institution,” he said.
When media constantly made a question to the judges about the letter and their decision to address them for the first time was anywhere because of Justice Loya case, Justice Gogoi replied a “yes”.
When the press made questions about the impeachment of the CJI and the addressing of the press conference was because of their no-confidence against the CJI, for which Justice Chelameswar replied, “Don’t put words in our mouth”.
“Whatever Justice Chelameswar has told you is the whole of it. It is discharge of a debt to the nation that has brought us here. We think we have discharged a debt to the nation by telling you what is what. More is in the letter. Beyond this, we don’t think there is any other issue that we need to address,” Justice Gogoi said.
While this on one side, the Supreme Court on Friday has asked the CBI for B.H. Loya’s postmortem report from Maharashtra government asserting that the “matter is very serious”
For those who don’t know about the case of CBI Judge, Loya Case, here is a hint. Justice Loya died “mysteriously” in 2014 where the reason for his death was cited as cardiac arrest. Several questions and issues were raised regarding the mystery behind Loya’s murder.