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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.

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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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China conduct live fire drill along southeast coastline

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BEIJING — China’s military has conducted live-fire drills along the southeast coastline, state television reported, but it was unclear if these were the same exercises that had been flagged as taking place in the sensitive Taiwan Strait.

The government had said the drills would happen on Wednesday off the city of Quanzhou, in between two groups of islands close to China’s coast but that Taiwan has controlled since 1949 when defeated Nationalist forces fled to the island at the end of the Chinese civil war.

Chinese state media has said the drills were a direct response to “provocations” by Taiwan leaders related to what China fears are moves to push for the self-ruled island’s formal independence. China claims Taiwan as its sacred territory.

Late on Wednesday, Chinese state television showed footage of helicopters firing missiles during an exercise it said was happening on China’s southeast coast.

State television only showed pictures of helicopters, with no mention of ships or other military equipment such as tanks or amphibious assault vehicles.

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The exercises took place from 8 a.m. (0000GMT) until midnight, the report said, giving the same time frame for the previously announced drills in the Taiwan Strait.

The Defence Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the exercise, and whether it was the same ones previously reported to be happening in the Taiwan Strait.

Taiwan on Wednesday denounced the exercises, saying Beijing was using “cheap verbal intimidation and saber rattling” to threaten the island.

Taiwan is one of China’s most sensitive issues and a potential military flashpoint. China has ramped up military exercises around Taiwan in the past year, including flying bombers around the island.

Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said on Wednesday afternoon two Chinese H-6K bombers had flown around the island, passing first through the Miyako Strait to Taiwan’s northeast and then back to base via the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines.

The latest Chinese military movements come during a time of heightened tension between Beijing and the island and follows strong warnings by Chinese President Xi Jinping against Taiwan separatism last month.

China claims Taiwan as its own and considers it a breakaway province.

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