New Delhi: Though majority of media reports citing Attorney General KK Venugopal said that the rift between Chief Justice of India and the four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court had been settled, sources close to the revolting judges came with exactly opposite claim.
As reported by The Hindu, the differences between the Chief Justice and senior judges not only persist but India's leading English daily citing sources said there have been no attempts to resolve the issue.
"There have been no attempts so far to resolve the issue raised by the four judges. While all four attended the morning tea session and spent a few minutes there before the day’s work began, the source claimed that talk of a resolution was a deliberate attempt to trivialise the issue raised by them.
"While everyone in a democracy has the right to say that the four judges were wrong in going public, what they are now facing is “mischief”, The Hindu report said quoting the sources close to the four revolting judges.
In an embarrassing moment for the Indian judiciary, Justice Chelameswar and his colleagues - Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph on Friday went public against the Chief Justice, saying that "unless Supreme Court is preserved, democracy will not survive".
"The Chief Justice of India has left us with no option but to go public about what is going on within the Collegium," Justice Chelameswar said while addressing a press conference in the national capital on Friday, a move seen as the first open display of the rift between senior justices and the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.
"An independent judiciary is essential for a functioning democracy, they said.
Asked if they believed the Chief Justice should be impeached, they said, "Let the nation decide."
There was a nationwide storm after the judges' press briefing. Amid wild speculations that continued for three days, Chief Justice of India met at his residence during a customary tea session and spent a few minutes there before the day’s work began on Monday.
Immediately after this reports started circulating that the rift between the top judges has been resolved.
The Hindu however in its report published late in the evening on Monday said suggestions that the differences between the four Supreme Court judges and Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had been resolved at the daily tea meeting before the hearings in the court began on Monday, were scotched by sources close to the four judges.
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