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Following are the profiles of four senior most Supreme judges who, in an unprecendented move, today held a press conference and said that situation in top was "not in order" and many "less than desirable" things have taken place.

* Justice Jasti Chelameswar:

He is the second senior most of the apex after of (CJI) Dipak Misra.

Justice Chelameswar had stoked controversy several times and was in the for not attending the collegium meetings on the appointment of judges for higher judiciary.

He was also in the for the wrong reasons in November last year when a two-bench headed by him had ordered setting up of a five-bench of senior most judges of the court to hear pleas by an and a lawyer, levelling serious allegations of bribes being taken in the names of judges to get favourable order in a medical college case.

The order, which had brought to fore the tussle within the top judiciary, was overturned by a five-judge bench headed by the CJI which asserted that of was the "master of the roster".

Justice Chelameswar was the who had dissented when a five-judge bench had struck down the constitution amendment and held as unconstitutional the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act.

He was part of the nine-judge constitution bench which had declared right to privacy as a fundamental right.

Justice Chelameswar, who is set to retire as an apex court judge on June 22 this year, has also dealt with several important issues including and the JNU case which had witnessed violence inside the complex here.

* Justice Ranjan Gogoi:


He is in line to become the next CJI after Justice Misra retires as CJI on October 2 this year. He would have a tenure as CJI till November 17, 2019.

A bench headed by Justice Gogoi had last month directed that 12 special courts, to be set up to exclusively deal with cases involving lawmakers, should start functioning from March 1, 2018.

Justice Gogoi-led bench had issued contempt notice to former judge for allegedly using "intemperate" language and "scandalising" the judiciary in one of his posts. Justice (retd) Katju had appeared before the apex court and tendered unconditional apology which was accepted by the bench.

Justice Gogoi's bench, which is dealing with the issue of Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC), had directed for publication of the draft NRC in the state by December 31 last year. It had rapped for his "intervention" in the process of publication of NRC.

* Justice Madan Bhimarao Lokur:

He has been dealing with several important social issues like fake encounter killings in insurgency-hit Manipur, providing shelter to urban homeless, child marriage, prison reforms, uploading of sexual abuse videos on internet and a case related to destitute widows.

Justice Lokur-led bench in October last year had passed a historic verdict criminalising sex with a wife who is not a major holding that sexual intercourse with a girl below 18 years of age, even by the husband, would now amount to rape.

An order passed by Justice Lokur's bench temporarily lifting the stay and permitting sale of firecrackers in the Delhi-national capital region (NCR) before Diwali last year, had created a controversy.

Later, another bench of the top court had held that firecrackers would not be sold in Delhi-NCR during Diwali.

The bench headed by Justice Lokur, who is set to retire on December 30 this year, is also dealing with issues like air pollution and preservation of historic

Justice Lokur was in the when he was replaced as the of the Supreme Court's for digitisation of the courts across the country by then CJI T S Thakur.

He had taken over as the for the first time in 2012 and was replaced in 2016. Later, he was reinstated during the tenure of then CJI J S Khehar.

* Justice Kurian Joseph:

He was part of the five-judge constitution bench which by a majority of 3:2 had set aside the 1,400 year old practice of 'triple talaq' among Muslims.

Justice Joseph, along with Justices R F Nariman and U U Lalit, had delivered the majority judgement in the triple talaq case in which the then CJI J S Khehar was in a minority.

He had stoked controversy in April 2015 with his letter to then CJI H L Dattu opposing Chief Justice's conference being held on a Good Friday, a auspicious day for Christians.

In another letter last year, Justice had asked the Centre to consider revising (LTC) rules for judges of the apex court and granted them eight LTC in a year, instead of the present three.

Similarly, he had written a letter in 2013 to the Chief Justice of the High Court raising the issue of lack of amenities in children parks in the national capital.

Justice Joseph is set to retire on November 29 this year.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 21:15 IST
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