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SC Judges' rebellion: Yashwant Sinha attacks government, says 'democracy under threat'

14 January 2018

Rahul said that Justice J Chelameswar's remark that democracy will not survive in the country unless the Supreme Court was preserved, was "extremely important" and that it needed to be "looked into carefully".

Sinha, who has been critical of the BJP dispensation under Narendra Modi, said the judges' protest was a sign that democracy in India was "threatened".

Four top Supreme Court judges on Friday had taken an extraordinary step when they chose to speak to media against the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra calling the administration in the top court 'not in order. He also expressed disappointment about the way Parliament is functioning.

On Gandhi calling for a probe into the death of Loya, Patra said none has the right to comment on issues that are pending before the Supreme Court. This is the best institution of a vibrant democracy.

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Throughout the day the party seemed to be a divided lot with a section led by former Law Minister Salman Khurshid suggesting the party leadership not to align with the Rs rebel' judges while another group led by former Law Minister Kapil Sibal advising the high command that the party should not miss the opportunity to target the ruling party at the Centre. "They can't speak, as they fear losing their posts", he said. Party leaders said that it is not surprising that the Congress is supporting the dissenting judges against the CJI, as it may not have liked certain decisions of the SC like reopening of the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases. "This is grave. It means you will appoint judges on cases where you want a favourable order", added Sinha. "I had tweeted on the entire matter yesterday", he said. "Hope we get at the truth of Judge Loya's death", Sinha had tweeted Friday. "Ideally, the judges should have gone to the President first and not publicly aired their grievances about allotment of work", said a source.

CPI leader D Raja, who created controversy by visiting Justice Chelameshawr at his home, tried to play down the episode by saying he knew the judge for a times.

"It is the duty of political parties of the country and of anyone who is concerned to take note of such an event. And we firmly believe that this is wrong", Patra told reporters in the national capital.

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SC Judges' rebellion: Yashwant Sinha attacks government, says 'democracy under threat'