On the surface, all seemed to be back to normal in the Supreme Court on Monday, January 15 with the four senior most judges resuming work as usual on the first working day of the top court after the Friday, January 12 presser in which they had gone public with their differences with Chief Justice Dipak Misra.
Media reports said Chief Justice Dipak Misra met the four dissenting judges on Monday to resolve issues that they raised during an unprecedented press conference on Friday (January 12). According to reports, CJI Misra met the four judges Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurien Joseph. Court staff was asked to leave the lounge in the Supreme Court where the justices reportedly met and discussed the crisis.
Media reports claimed that the four judges openly discussed their grievances with the CJI who also met Justice Chelameswar separately.
Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said that the matter has now been resolved. “As you can see that the matter has been laid to rest and all courts rooms in the Supreme Court are functioning normally. It was an internal issue and has now been resolved,” Mishra said.
Attorney General KK Venugopal has also claimed the criris in the apex court has been resolved. “The courts are functioning. It was a storm in a tea cup,” Venugopal told NDTV.
Earlier, agency reports said that the four judges attended their routine work in the Supreme Court putting to rest all speculations surrounding them boycotting work in protest. On Friday, these judges had flagged some problems, including the assigning of cases in the apex court, and said there were certain issues afflicting the country’s highest court.
On Sunday, CJI Dipak Misra had met a seven-member delegation of the Bar Council of India and Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president Vikas Singh and had assured them that he “would ensure there was congeniality in the top court at the earliest”.
Vikas Singh, the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, handed over a resolution to Justice Misra, which appeared to support the four judges and said all public interest litigation should be taken up by senior judges.