In an unprecedented event Friday in the history of the Indian judiciary, four top judges of the Supreme Court met the media and said they were convinced that “unless the judiciary is preserved, democracy can’t be protected in the country”.
The four – Justices J Chelameswar, Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurien Joseph – an event that Chelameswar said was “extraordinary in the history of any nation” but that they were “compelled” to do it.
Justice Chelameswar added: “We collectively tried to persuade Chief Justice of India (Dipak Misra) that certain things aren’t in order… so take remedial measures, but unfortunately, our efforts failed.”
“Let the nation decide that,” Justice Chelameswar said when asked if the Chief Justice of India should be impeached.
“We met the CJI today with a specific request which unfortunately couldn’t convince him that we were right… therefore, we were left with no choice but to communicate it to the nation to please take care of the institution,” Chelameswar said.