Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

BJP says Congress trying to politicise internal issues of the judiciary

BJP says Congress trying to politicise internal issues of the judiciary

"Unprecedented points raised by the judges need to be looked into carefully, even Justice Loya's case must be looked at by the highest levels of the Supreme Court".

Speaking on behalf of the four judges, Justice Chelameswar lamented over the corrosion and compromise taking place within the institution of the judiciary and especially within the portals of the Supreme Court.

Swamy said the Prime Minister should take an initiative and contact the Chief Justice and the four judges to resolve the whole situation through the process of consultation. They have mentioned there is a threat to democracy.

"They have made a point about judge Loya's case".

Addressing the media, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra slammed Congress president Rahul Gandhi for playing politics over the matter and termed "it an internal matter of the apex court".

The "open revolt" by four seniormost Supreme Court judges against CJI Dipak Mishra over allocation of work took a political hue, as they received support from parties like the Congress and the CPI.

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Rebel BJP leader says with Parliament sessions "not being held" and all not well in the Supreme Court, democracy is in danger. The apex court had on Thursday agreed to hear two separate pleas seeking independent probe into the death.

He, however, made it clear that he does not intend to interfere with the internal matters of the judiciary but whatever the judges said should be probed thoroughly and the findings should be made public in the larger interests of democracy and integrity and honour of judiciary.

Patra said the Congress should know it has lost "elections after elections" since 2014, when the BJP stormed to power and the Modi government was formed. "And we firmly believe that this is wrong", Patra told reporters in the national capital.

They said that "administration of the Supreme Court is not in order and that many things less than desirable have happened in the last few months".

Former Rajya Sabha member Sharad Yadav called it a "dark day" for democracy, saying for the first time sitting SC judges had to speak before the media to highlight complaints. "Ideally, the judges should have gone to the President first and not publicly aired their grievances about allotment of work", said a source.

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