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EX-CJI WAS REMOTE-CONTROLLED’ Cong Seeks JPC & Judicial Probe Into Judge’s Claim

December 04, 2018 06:59 AM

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EX-CJI WAS REMOTE-CONTROLLED’
Cong Seeks JPC & Judicial Probe Into Judge’s Claim
Oppn party says Kurian’s remarks prove govt ‘interference’ at highest levels of judiciary
Our Political Bureau

New Delhi:

The Congress has demanded separate inquiries by parliamentary and judicial panels on retired Justice Kurian Joseph’s allegation that former Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra was “remotecontrolled” by an “external source.”


The principal Opposition party said that the retired judge’s remarks have proven what it had maintained — the government was interfering at the highest levels of judiciary. Addressing newspersons at the AICC headquarters, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said “Congress demands separate judicial and parliamentary inquiries to bring all nefarious activities before the nation… No less than a Supreme Court judge who demitted office a couple of days ago... has expressly articulated the grave threat to India’s highest judicial institution.”

“Justice Joseph has in clear and unequivocal terms talked of the arbitrary bench selection, external influences, by implication remote controls, and political biases injected into the system by the Government of India, by the ruling party,” he alleged. The Congress, therefore, demands a response from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Singhvi said.

“The nation rightfully wants to know the true nature, the true extent, the degree and the subject matter of the interference of the government. We further condemned this unconstitutional, invasive and illegal effort by the government.” He said it was important that it comes to light which were those cases in which “these blatant and despicable initiatives” were taken by the government, who took these initiatives and how many times it was done.

Asked if the party was demanding a joint parliamentary committee probe, he said: “Ultimately, a parliamentary inquiry will have to be a JPC.”

Justice Joseph along with three seniormost judges of the Supreme Court — Justices Jasti Chelameswar, who has since retired, Ranjan Gogoi, the current Chief Justice, and Madan Lokur staged an open revolt against then CJI Misra by convening a press conference on January 12 to flag concerns on alleged preferential allocation of sensitive cases to judges low down the court’s hierarchy.

“The then CJI was working under some influence of some external source. He was remote-controlled by an external source. There was some influence of some external source that was impacting the administration of justice,” Justice Joseph had alleged on Sunday, when asked about the news conference.

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