The remarks of 4 judges against the CJI assume significance as the Supreme Court today took up for consideration petitions requesting for an independent probe into the death of judge Loya who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case of 2004.
Various police officers and BJP president Amit Shah are named as parties in this case.
“There have been instances where a case having far-reaching consequences for the nation and the institution had been assigned by Chief Justice of this court selectively to benches without rationale basis.
This must be guarded against at all costs,” says the letter by the judges. “We are not mentioning details only to avoid embarrassing the institution but note that such departures have already damaged the image of this intuition to some extent.”
All the judges rubbished questions on whether they have broken ranks.
Justice Gogoi, who will be succeeding chief justice Misra in October, said, “It’s a discharge of debt to the nation which we have done.”