Interference in high institutions: Congress charge gets validation

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When four senior judges of the Supreme Court in an unprecedented manner addressed a press conference in January this year and levelled a serious charge against the then Chief Justice of India Justice Dipak Misra that he was allocating cases to judges with political bias, the Congress came out with a charge that the government of India was interfering in the functioning of the apex court. The charge impacted various sections of people and was also echoed by other political parties. Then the bungling in the internal affairs of the CBI showed that some external hand was at work. The Reserve Bank of India was also targeted and attempts were made to get money-vitamin for the cash-starved government. The people were convinced that the Modi government was violating democratic norms. Now the Congress’ charge has been validated by none other than a retired judge of the Supreme Court.

The Congress on December 3, referred to the statement made by retired Supreme Court judge Justice Kurian Joseph who spoke of the January 12 press conference addressed by four senior judges of the apex court including himself and the present Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. They levelled a charge against the then CJI Dipak Misra when the matter was not sorted out by personal dialogues. Recalling the press conference, Justice Kurian Joseph said the bench selection was arbitrary by the former CJI. He alleged that the former CJI was remote controlled. He hinted at external influence but did not spell out who or what the external influence was.

The Congress demanded a response from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the remark of the retired judge. It was unconstitutional and illegal effort, said Congress.

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