India Dissent in Supreme Court: Profiles of the four judges who spoke out against Chief Justice of India

19:11  12 january  2018
19:11  12 january  2018 Source:   hindustantimes.com

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Four Supreme Court judges took the unprecedented step of publicly criticising the chief justice on Friday, warning a lack of impartiality could imperil democracy in the country. Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Bhimrao Lokur and Kurian Joseph, in a letter released to the media

While three of the four judges – Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Justice Madan Lokur and Justice Kurien Joseph – are due to retire later this year, Justice Ranjan Gogoi is slated to be the next Chief Justice of India . This makes the judges ’ public dissent even more serious.

Four Supreme Court judges took the unprecedented step of publicly criticising the chief justice on Friday, warning that a lack of impartiality could imperil democracy in the country.

Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Bhimrao Lokur and Kurian Joseph, in a letter released to the media, said their criticisms related to an alleged lack of transparency in the selection of judges to try cases, calling it a cause for “serious concern”.

Here’s a look at the careers of the four judges:

  Dissent in Supreme Court: Profiles of the four judges who spoke out against Chief Justice of India © Hindustan Times J Chelameswar

Justice Chelameswar is the second-most senior judge in the Supreme Court. He studied physics at Loyola College in Chennai, before switching to law at Andhra University in Vishakapatnam. Chelameswar was designated as a Senior Advocate in 1995 and was appointed as a judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court in 1997.

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The Supreme Court consists of a Chief Justice and four Justices . If the proposed author is in the minority, a Justice from the majority will be assigned to write the majority opinion. The dissenting Justice or Justices draft the dissenting and/or concurring opinions.

Discontent simmering for some time came out in the open on Friday when four of the most senior judges of the Supreme Court held a press conference and assailed the functioning of the Chief Justice of India , Dipak Misra. The main allegations related to the opaque working of the collegium

He has served as the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court, and later Kerala High Court. Chelamsewar was elevated to the Supreme Court in October 2011, along with the current Chief Justice Dipak Misra.

In 2015, Chelameswar was the only dissenting voice when the Supreme Court struck down with a 4:1 majority a constitutional amendment on how judges are appointed. Chelameswar ruled in favour of the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) and argued that the collegium system had become an “euphemism for nepotism. ”

Chelameswar was also part of the nine-judge bench that delivered the historic Supreme Court verdict declaring privacy as a fundamental right.

Chelameswar is due to retire in October 2018.

  Dissent in Supreme Court: Profiles of the four judges who spoke out against Chief Justice of India © Hindustan Times Ranjan Gogoi

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Justice Gogoi is next in line, in order of seniority, to become the Chief Justice of India in October 2018. This would make him the first judge from the Northeast to be elevated to position of CJI, before he retires in November 2019.

Gogoi was a permanent judge at the Gauhati High Court in 2001 before he became the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court. He was elevated to the Supreme Court in 2012.

In 2016, Gogoi issued a contempt noticeto retired Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju in a review petition after Katju criticised Supreme Court proceedings on his blog.

  Dissent in Supreme Court: Profiles of the four judges who spoke out against Chief Justice of India © Hindustan Times M.B. Lokur

Justice Lokur studied at Modern School in Delhi and St Joseph’s in Allahabad. He studied history at Delhi’s St Stephen’s College, before pursuing law at the Faculty of Law in Delhi University.

Lokur practised as an advocate in the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court. He was designated Senior Advocate in 1997; the next year, he was appointed as the Additional Solicitor General of India.

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It is a system under which appointments and transfers of judges are decided by a forum of the Chief Justice of India and the four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court . It has no place in the Indian Constitution.

Lokur became an Additional Judge of the Delhi High Court in 1999 and then was its Acting Chief Justice as well. He served as the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court and Andhra Pradesh High Court, before he became a Supreme Court judge in 2012.

He was reappointed as the head of the Supreme Court’s e-committee for digitisation of courts, which has undertaken the ambitious project of making the apex court paperless. He is due to retire in December 2018.

  Dissent in Supreme Court: Profiles of the four judges who spoke out against Chief Justice of India © Hindustan Times Kurian Joseph

Born in Kerala, Justice Joseph completed his schooling in the state, before obtaining a law degree from the Kerala Law Academy Law College, Thiruvananthapuram. He started practising law in 1979 in the Kerala High Court, was appointed as Additional Advocate General and Senior Advocate, before he became a judge in 2000.

He served twice as Acting Chief Justice of the High Court of Kerala. Before he was elevated to the Supreme Court in 2013, he was the Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court from February 8, 2010 to March 7, 2013. Joseph will retire in November 2018.



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