Justice Chelameswar declines invite for his farewell

Justice Munib Akhtar takes oath as SC judge

They also raised questions about the functioning of the top court.

Meanwhile, the retiring judge, on his last day in office, customarily sits with the CJI in the Chief Justice's Court.

Justice Chelameswar was later seen meeting an Opposition MP from CPI that same day following which Opposition MPs chose to bring a removal motion against CJI Dipak Misra based on the allegations made by the judges. However, since the Supreme Court would have its summer vacation from May 19, for all practical purposes, May 18 will be Chelameswar's last working day in the apex court. He has cited personal reasons for his decision, the news agency reported.

The four judges mentioned in their press conference that the situation in the top court was "not in order" and many "less than desirable" things have taken place. The farewell function is organised shortly after, in the evening, on the Supreme Court lawns.

According to custom, the CJI attends the farewell function along with the Attorney General, SC Bar Association President, and other judges and lawyers.

Justice Chelameswar will however continue as Supreme Court judge till June 22, the day of his retirement.

Finally, the retiring judge would address the assembly and share his own experiences and his advice for the future.

Besides, the petition was heard a few hours before the formation of the five-judge bench by another bench headed by Justice J. Chelameswar, who is not only the second senior-most judge but also a member of the collegium.

Separately, Justice Kurian Joseph also wrote a letter to the CJI, expressing concern over the delay by the government in clearing the names recommended by the collegium in February for elevation.

Justice Chelameswar had recently triggered a massive controversy in the judicial world after he, along with three other senior judges of the apex court - Justices Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph - held an unprecedented press conference on January 12, where the four listed out various allegations against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. Justice Chelameswar has not in the past attended these farewell functions. This order overruled Justice Chelameswar's decision.

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