SC Judges' rebellion: Yashwant Sinha attacks government, says 'democracy under threat'

A view of the Supreme Court in New Delhi

"One thing that came out in the letter is that the Supreme Court is selectively appointing judges and benches for particular cases".

BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, on Saturday, asked party colleagues and Ministers to "speak up for democracy" similar to the four Supreme Court judges who had come out against the Chief Justice of India on Friday. It was clear that sensitive cases were under scanner, he said. I hope we get at the truth of Judge Loya's death.

The Congress also issued a statement after Gandhi met senior party leaders, including P Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal and Manish Tewari who are also leading lawyers, and discussed the situation arising out of the press conference by four senior-most judges - Justices J. Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph and Madan B. Lokur - who were critical of Chief Justice Dipak Misra.

Venugopal, however, admitted that the accusations made by the four sitting apex court judges openly before the electronic media will seriously affect public confidence in the court. They mentioned there is a threat to democracy.

Judge Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case, had died under mysterious circumstances in 2014. I think that is also something that needs to be investigated properly.

Rebel BJP leader says with Parliament sessions "not being held" and all not well in the Supreme Court, democracy is in danger.


If democracy is being threatened then it's the government's responsibility to stand up against those (threatening it), Mr Sinha said.

On being asked if the political parties should interfere in the internal matter of the apex court, Sinha quipped, "If the four senior-most judges have gone public about it, then how it is an internal matter anymore?"

But Patra, slamming the Congress, said that Indian democracy "has shown the mirror" to the party, and termed its attempt "to fish (for) an opportunity where none existed politically" wrong.

He said the press conference by judges "never happened before". "I had tweeted on the entire matter yesterday", he said. "We shall be failing in our national duty of we don't react", said Sinha.

Like the Chief Justice in the Supreme Court, the Prime Minister was also first among equals in the government and his Cabinet colleagues should speak up, he said.

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