BCI criticises judges for holding press conference, to form 7-member team to discuss issues
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BCI criticises judges for holding press conference, to form 7-member team to discuss issues

Bar & Bench

On the back of yesterday’s press conference, the Bar Council of India (BCI) has reportedly come out in criticism of the four senior most judges of the Supreme Court.

Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra was quoted as saying by ANI that there was no need to hold such a press conference for what he termed as “minor issues of the roster”.

“Holding a press conference on a minor issue of the roster is saddening. The Bar Council believes that the matter should have been sorted out internally. If no consensus was achieved, other judges or members of the Bar Council could have been involved. However, it should not have been discussed on a public platform. The judiciary will be weakened as a result of this, and subsequently, the democracy.”

Mishra also revealed that the BCI would form a seven-member committee to discuss the issues in question with Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, as well as Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph, who held yesterday’s controversial press conference.

The BCI Chairman, who is a member of the ruling BJP, also reportedly urged the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress and other parties not to derive political mileage from the the situation.

Another lawyers’ association, the Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association (SCAORA) also came out with a statement today, urging the stakeholders to resolve their issues internally.

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