Rebel judge justifies revolt against Chief Justice

National | Jan. 13, 2018, 7:59 p.m.

Kochi, Jan 13: Justice Kurian Joseph, one of the four Supreme Court judges who revolted against Chief Justice Dipak Misra, on Saturday said there was no constitutional crisis in the apex court and the issues they had raised appeared to have been sorted out.

"We did this for a cause and I think (the) issues appear to have been sorted out. This was not against anyone nor are we having anything personal. It was meant to see that more transparency is there," said Justice Joseph.

He, however, did not elaborate.

He was speaking to reporters gere a day after he and three other senior Supreme Court judges, in an unprecedented event, called a press conference in New Delhi and attacked the Chief Justice on various issues.

"There will be no constitutional crisis and there are only problems in procedures and that will be corrected," Justice Joseph told reporters here.

He said the judges had "written everything in the letter" they released on Friday and which they had sent to Justice Misra a couple of months ago.

Asked whether he felt that the judges should not have come out in the open with their grievances against the Chief Justice, he said: "Any problem, everyone can see two sides. Whatever we have to say we have written in the letter."

In reply to a question, on why they failed to brief the President of the issues, he said the President is only the appointing authority.

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