“By Monday morning, litigants and lawyers will see unity among Supreme Court Judges,” Mr Venugopal told NDTV. “We hope the entire issue will be settled in the larger interest of the institution. Judges are persons of wisdom and statesmanship and experience. We hope they won’t allow the issue to escalate.”
Sources said the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, is likely to meet the four judges tomorrow. Three of the judges, who are out of Delhi, will return by tomorrow, sources said.
Earlier, the government’s top lawyer had said yesterday’s press conference by the dissenting judges “could have been avoided” but he had assured that the top judges would “fully resolve” their differences within a few days.
CJI Misra has not spoken on the matter so far and the government has insisted that it is an internal matter of the judiciary.
The public criticism of the Chief Justice of India by the top court’s four most senior judges has stunned the legal circles, most of whom have questioned the move. The Supreme Court Bar Association has said it would discuss the matter this evening.The four judges — Justice J Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice M B Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph – had told the media that “things are not in order” with what they described as “the administration of the Supreme Court”. They expressed concerns about the assignment of sensitive cases and what they called a lack of transparency in the process.
As the “Master of the roster”, the Chief Justice decides on the allotment of cases. But the judges said the Master of the Roster is only the “first among equals”.