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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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Attorney General Kharel directs police to file a case to seek life imprisonment to rapists

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DHANUSA— Attorney General Agni Prasad Kharel has directed the police department to file a case seeking life imprisonment to the men arrested for raping and murdering 10-year-old girl Manika Yadav along with confiscation of all property.

He made this direction to Superintendent of Police Gobinda Thapaliya during an inspection of the office of district government advocate and high government advocate office in Janakpur.

Kharel also met Manika’s family at Aaurahi Rural Municipality.

During the meeting, he assured the bereaved family of action against the rapists and economic help to them.

The Dhanusa police have arrested Binod Mukhiya and Nathuni Pandit from the locality on the charge of raping Manika.

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