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Democracy in danger: Cong on press conference by 4 SC judges

PTI | New Delhi |

The Congress today said “democracy is in danger” after four senior most Supreme Court judges came out in the open to say that the situation in the apex court was “not in order”.

“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.

In an unprecedented move, four seniormost judges of the Supreme Court today called a press conference and said the situation in the top court was “not in order” and many “less than desirable” things have taken place.

Unless this institution is preserved, “democracy will not survive in this country,” the four judges said.

The second senior judge after the Chief Justice of India, Justice J Chelameswar, said “sometimes administration of the Supreme Court is not in order and many things which are less than desirable have happened in the last few months”.

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Chelameswar, who was accompanied by Justices Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph at the press conference, said they had met CJI Dipak Misra this morning and “raised issues affecting the institution”.

“Unless this institution is preserved, democracy will not survive in this country,” Justice J Chelameswar said adding, it was “extremly painful” to hold press conference in such a manner.

He said all the four judges “failed to persuade CJI that certain things are not in order and therefore you should take remedial measures. Unfortunately our efforts failed.

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