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Rahul seeks thorough probe into allegations

| | New Delhi

The Opposition-led by Congress president Rahul Gandhi has demanded a thorough probe into the allegation made by four Supreme Court judges against Chief justice of India Dipak Mishra about allotting ‘sensitive’ cases to a particular Bench.

The Opposition also raised the issue of mysterious death of Special CBI judge BH Loya

and said it needed to be probed at the highest level of the Supreme Court.

“Unprecedented points raised by the judges need to be looked into carefully, even Justice Loya’s case must be looked at by the highest levels of the Supreme Court. All citizens who love the idea of justice are looking at this issue, it needs to be addressed,” said Rahul though he did not take any questions on the subject.

On assertion by the four judges that they were raising these issues for survival of democracy, Rahul said as the issue raised by four judges are extremely disturbing and have far-reaching consequences for sacred values of the country.

Throughout the day the party seemed to be a divided lot with a section led by former Law Minister Salman Khurshid suggesting the party leadership not to align with the Rs rebel’ judges while another group led by former Law Minister Kapil Sibal advising the high command that the party should not miss the opportunity to target the ruling party at the Centre.

Senior Congress leaders, including P. Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal and Ahmed Patel, called on Rahul to brief him about the implications of judges’ attack on the CJI. Among the other party leaders who visited Rahul’s residence were Salman, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Vivek Tankha, Manish Tewari and KTS Tulsi.

Soon after the Press conference by the judges, Congress took to social media saying “democracy is in danger”.  “We are very concerned to hear 4 judges of the Supreme Court expressed concerns about the functioning of the Supreme Court. #DemocracyInDanger,” the Congress’ official twitter handle said.

CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said a thorough investigation was required to understand how the independence and integrity of the judiciary was getting “affected”, after the judges said many “less than desirable” things had taken place in the apex court.

He said it is necessary for the three wings of democracy to ensure that whatever issues had been raised were corrected.

“This merits a thorough, proper investigation and understanding of how independence and integrity of judiciary is being interfered or is being affected, which is impermissible in a secular democratic republic,” Yechury said.

BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy said when such eminent and learned judges come out to do a Press conference, it is necessary to take them seriously rather than finding fault.

Swamy said the Prime Minister should take an initiative and contact the Chief Justice and the four judges to resolve the whole situation through the process of consultation.

“We can’t criticise them, they are men of great integrity & have sacrificed a lot of their legal career, where they could’ve made money as senior counsels. We must respect them. The PM must ensure that the four judges and Chief Jusitce, in fact whole SC come to one opinion & proceed further,” said Swamy.

CPI leader D Raja, who created controversy by visiting Justice Chelameshawr at his home, tried to play down the episode by saying he knew the judge for a times. “When I came to know of the extraordinary step taken by him & other judges, I thought must meet him. Not giving it political colour. These are concerns for everybody, it’s about future of country & democracy,” said Raja.



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