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Justice Kurian Joseph should reveal the basis of his allegation on Deepak Misra says former CJI!

When Deepak Mira was serving as the Chief Justice of India, the 4 judges of the Supreme Court had gone to media in an unprecedented move and made serious allegations against him. They had claimed that Deepak Misra was being biased and the functioning of the Supreme Court was affected.

This episode had created a huge ripple in the judiciary as no Supreme Court judge had ever before maligned the institution to this level. Following this, the  Congress took advantage of the situation and demanded impeachment of the CJI Deepak Misra. This more so seemed like a planned attempt by Congress who wanted Deepak Misra to adjourn the Ram Janma Bhoomi case post 2019 elections and also set SIT in Justice Loya case. Among the 4 judges, Kurian Joseph was also one among them who had spoken ill about Deepak Misra.

Justice Kurian who got retired couple days back again made serious allegation saying that CJI Misra was being remote controlled by external forces.

As son as he made these allegation, one of the former CJI who refused to reveal his name said that Kurian Joseph should reveal the basis of his allegations. His views was shared by former solicitor general Mohan Parasaran who, while terming the allegations of Justice Joseph as serious said the retired judge should also come out with the basis on which he had made such statements after his retirement.

A former CJI on condition of anonymity said, “I would not like to comment and it would also be not appropriate for me to comment,

Ask the person who had made those comments and against whom the comments were made.

Parasaran said the views of Justice Joseph were personal as he was inside the Supreme Court and therefore, it is very difficult for outsiders like us to comment on the issue.

He added “He has to come out with evidence. I am not concerned about x,y, z but I am concerned about the institution.I have great respect for Joseph. As the thing is over, the Chief Justice knows what to do, he is a disciplinarian and will take corrective action”
Parasaran said.

When asked if there should be an inquiry conducted he said who is he going to conduct enquiry as it is institutional issue.

“It is a case of washing dirty linen in the public. Who is going to do that” he added.
The former CJI also added that a statement made by one individual does not mean that whole institution is crumbled.
“It is not like entire institution has come under clout. This institution had very eminent and independent judges who had stood up to any pressure. Those judges would never cow down to any kind of pressure to anybody. I have faith in this institution.

“When it comes to testing times, judges stand up or withstand the pressure. Its not like that. There may be some aberration within the system but saying like entire system has collapse or crumbled is not correct”, he said.

When he was asked whether the incident had maligned the Judiciary, he said “It has nothing to do with the institution. He (Justice Kurian)

is not telling that institution has crumbled”.
“It is Justice Kuiran and three other judges or CJI Misra who should educate the people as to what exactly happened and what are the implication and I do not like to comment on this” he added.  “Now the debate is happening, let it happen, one day or the other real truth will come out he said. let Justice Joseph tell who is that remote control or whom is he referring to”.
“Let him say which remote control it is,It’s journalists work to cross examine anybody”, he said.I do not want to say anything more on this, and would like to stay from this issue.

No one remote controlled me nor anyone dared to remote control me. I cannot comment anything on others being remote controlled

or controlled for whatever reasons”, he said, adding, “If anyone was being remote controlled, he is accountable to himself”.
He said this was very serious allegation and nothing of this sort was heard ever before.
But what we can observe here is the former CJI who commented on the on going issue as refused to reveal his name with fear of getting targeted by the powerful lobby. But he has atleast made an attempt to question the intention and motive of Justice Joseph on the serious allegations he has made and asked him to provide proof and basis for his allegations which is a welcome move.

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