Amid the crisis convulsing the Supreme Court, the expected second round of meeting between Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and four top judges after him in the apex court did not occur on Wednesday as one of the four “rebel” judges, Justice J Chelameswar, could not attend the court due to his “indisposition”.
This meeting was supposed to take the engagement between the CJI and four top judges forward in order to resolve their raging conflict. Their meeting is now likely to take place on Thursday morning. Justice Chelameswar was on leave Wednesday as he was reported to be “unwell”. He was however said to have a brief meeting with another dissenting judge, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, at his residence. Justice Chelameswar, the seniormost judge after the CJI, had led the other three top judges ~ Justices Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph ~ to come out and hold a press conference on 12 January in order to question the administration of justice and state of affairs in the Supreme Court on the watch of CJI Misra.
Their stunning, unprecedented move in public against the CJI had sent out shock waves through the judiciary and polity of the country. There were some signs of a possible thaw on Tuesday when CJI Misra met the four top Justices for about 15 minutes before starting their normal work of the day. Some judges, who had facilitated this engagement, were also present in this meeting in the CJI’s chamber.