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CJI, two judges bond in public function after January 12 press conference

Justices Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, who had held the press conference, attended the function and were even seen shaking hands with the CJI amid camera glare

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Justice Kurien Joseph greets Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra at a Supreme Court Bar Association event. Photo: ANI Twitter

Chief Justice of India and two senior-most judges, who had virtually revolted against him, today attended a function at the apex court lawns, a first after the January 12 presser where they raised questions on assignment of cases. Justices Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, who were among the four senior-most judges who had held the press conference, attended the function and were even seen shaking hands with the amid camera glare. However, Justice J Chelameswar, who had led the group of revolting judges in the press meet and Justice Ranjan Gogoi, the next judge to be in line to become the CJI, did not attend the function. Both justices Chelameswar and Gogoi had attended their respective courts during the day as usual. The function, which was held at the lawns, was also attended by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Misra launched the journal 'SCBA Times' of Bar Association (SCBA). On the occasion, Prasad took forward the suggestion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hold the parliamentary and state assemblies elections simultaneously and asked the legal fraternity to ponder over it. Several other apex court judges, including justices U U Lalit, D Y Chandrachud, A M Khanwilkar, M M Shantanagoudar and Ashok Bhushan, were also present during the function. Senior advocate Vikas Singh, who is the president of SCBA, was also present during the function. Later, the judges also attended the high tea along with the law minister. Misra and justices Lokur and Joseph refused to answer any questions asked by the journalists on the controversy which had hit the apex court judiciary after the press conference.

First Published: Tue, January 30 2018. 22:41 IST
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