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Law minister may meet CJI to discuss govt-judiciary differences

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Amid growing differences between the government and the judiciary over a host of issues, law Prasad is likely to meet of Misra later this month.

Sources in the government said the in the has prepared a note for the on pending issues to be raised at the proposed meeting.

A said the two can meet to discuss various issues and that the meeting should not be hyped. "There are various channels for them to communicate. If there is a meeting, there is nothing unusual about it, " said the

The elevation of justice KM Joseph and to the top court bench, the controversy surrounding alleged sexual harassment charge against a district recommended for elevation to high court are some of the issues which may come up at the meeting.

The date of the proposed meeting was not immediately known.

The delay in finalising the Memorandum of Procedure, which guides transfer and elevation of HC and SC judges, may also come up for discussion.

The proposed meeting assumes significance as two senior judges of the apex court, justices J and Kurian Joseph, have flagged issues to suggest that the was constantly overruling the recommendations of the judiciary.

They had raised the issues in their respective letters to the CJI and other judges of the top court.

Irked over the government's delay in clearing the Collegium's recommendation to elevate a and a senior woman advocate to the apex court, Justice wrote a letter to the of contending the "very life and existence" of the institution was "under threat" and a "surgical intervention" was required.

Earlier, Justice Chelameswar, the senior-most after the CJI had cautioned that "the bonhomie between the judiciary and the government in any state sounds the death knell to democracy".

The unprecedent letter, copies of which were also sent to 22 other apex court judges, has questioned the probe initiated by the High Court against District and at the instance of Union Ministry of Law and Justice, despite his name being recommended for elevation twice by the Collegium.

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 19:55 IST