On 13 January 2018, four Supreme Court of India justices ranked in seniority immediately after the CJI, addressed the media concerning problems within the Supreme Court. Among other things, they asserted that democracy was in danger. Quite naturally, this created a public furore, with articles and statements for and against what the judges had said and also about the propriety or otherwise of their airing matters internal to the apex judiciary.
Note: Despite the legal recognition about the rights of challenged or disabled people, and the legal provision requiring making provisions for their easy movement in public places, creating special facilities for their welfare and so on, mainstream society continues to respond insensitively to them. We are carrying a letter written by Prof.
Prime Minister Modi while speaking on Budget made one of grievance that Congress did not make Patel as the Prime Minister. Unfortunately no one had advised Modi that the Nehru was Gandhi Ji's choice. He had equal respect for both Nehru and Patel.
There was no rivalry between Nehru and Patel,as both realized that India can only prosper if there was good relation and mutual respect for each other. Patel, even when he could muster majority in parliament, did not try to supplant Nehru.
Allocation of cases to several benches by the Chief Justice of India whether in the Supreme Court or in the High Court by the respective Chief Justices has always been a sensitive issue. Though the Chief Justice is supposed to be the master of the roster i.e. he has prerogative in allocation of cases to particular benches of the court but that cannot be done in arbitrary and selective manner. Certain precedents and rules have been evolved under which particular benches are fixed to hear particular types of cases and there cannot be departure from this practice.
The four judges of the SC took the unprecedented step of calling a press conference (12.01.2018).
We must realise that they are no less concerned* about the interest of the country than us and must have taken the step only after due deliberation and as a last resort. It must also be appreciated that that they have not raised an issue of their personal interest but of the national Interest.