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4 senior justices of India’s Supreme Court revolt against CJI

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NEW DELHI — Four senior judges of India’s Supreme Court on Friday alleged that the administration of the country’s top court was not in order.

In an unprecedented event in the history of Indian judiciary, four senior most judges — Kurian Joseph, J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi and Madan Lokur — in apress meet alleged that Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra did not listen to them.

In a letter released subsequently, they pointed that rules are often not followed when cases are being allocated and that departure from rules will hurt the integrity of the top court.

Stating that certain concerns were raised with the CJI and remedial measures were suggested, the four judges accused that cases with far-reaching consequences are being assigned selectively.

Justice J Chelameswar, who is also the second senior judge after the Chief Justice of India, even said that democracy comes under threat if judiciary loses its freedom.

“Four of us are convinced that for the survival of democracy, an impartial judge and judiciary is needed,” Justice J Chelameswar said.

“… sometimes administration of the Supreme Court is not in order and many things which are less than desirable have happened in the last few months,” Chelameswar said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, moments after their press conference, summoned Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to discuss the matter at hand.

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NC leader Regmi passes away

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KATHMANDU— Nepali Congress leader Keshab Regmi, who contributed to restoring democracy in 1990, has passed away on Thursday night.

Regmi, who was suffering from respiratory problems for long, died at his residence in Gongabu in Kathmandu. Regmi, who also served as secretary of NC, Kaski, played an important role in establishing Nepal Students’ Union, the student wing of the NC.

He was also sent to jail five times for fighting to restore democracy. He is survived by two wives.

His last rites were conducted at Pashupati Aryaghat today itself. People from various walks of life and NC leaders attended his funeral rite.

On the occasion, NC President and former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel and General Secretary Dr Shashanka Koirala paid tribute to Regmi by draping his body in the party flag.

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