After we spoke out at the Press Conference, there has been more transparency: Kurian Joseph J
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After we spoke out at the Press Conference, there has been more transparency: Kurian Joseph J

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Justice Kurian Joseph, who retired from the Supreme Court yesterday, is currently holding a press conference.

Live updates of the conference follow:

  • Did the press conference of Jan 2018 bring about changes? Is the crisis fully over? “It is not fully over but it has brought about some changes, certainly”, Kurian Joseph J.
  • Why did you not convene a full court meeting instead of a press conference? “Many such requests were made”, Kurian Joseph J.
  • No political pressure on judicial exercise of powers, Kurian Joseph J makes it clear. “But the interference into appointments of judges, transfer of judges, delay in clearing files, that is the interference in judiciary.”
  • “Court rooms in Supreme Court too small to handle the volume of cases and the crowd.”
  • “Not aware of the exact differences between the government and the Collegium regarding Memorandum of Procedure.”
  • “After we spoke out at [Press Conference ] there has been more transparency and caution.”
  • Regarding political leaders making statements that Supreme Court judgments cannot be followed: “Party making such statements should come forward to the Court to make such clarifications.”
  • “Not commenting on pending matters.”
  • “In matters of larger public interest, it is better if diversity is reflected in constituting benches”, Kurian Joseph J. when quizzed on senior judges being left out in important matters
  • On appointment of Justices MR Shah, Hemant Gupta, transfer of Justice Akil Kureshi: “There was no pressure from government. Transfer of Akil Kureshi J. was done in the best interest of administration of justice.”
  • “Most of the time spent on PILs is on non-issues.”
  • “There was no breakdown of the Collegium, at least not after I came into the Collegium.”
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