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Senior judges' action "wholly" condemnable; former SC Judge

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Former Supreme N today "wholly" condemned the action of four senior judges in going public over internal matters of the judiciary, saying it affected the reputation of the institution and may amount to contempt of

Questioning their action, he said internalmatters of the judiciary should not have been brought to thepublic for discussion, because neither the public, nor the or the can give any relief to them.

"I wholly condemn the press meet yesterday held by the four judges of the Supreme

"My complaint is these thingsshould not have been publicly discussed, consequent to whichthe reputation of the judiciary has been affected," he told

In an unprecedented move in the country's judicial history, Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, and had held a press conference yesterday and mounted a virtual revolt against of Dipak Misra, questioning him on the 'selective' allocation of cases and certain judicial orders passed by him.

Hegde, a former Lokayukta of Karnataka, said their action would not benefit anybody other than drawing public attention.

He said institutions like the judiciary survive on the confidence of the people.

"Once the confidence of the people is lost, the institution will be useless," he said.

Agreeing that the judges' intention was to'bring the muck out of the system, he disapproved of their approach as it would set a new precedent where judges of High Courts and the would start bringing theirdifferences into the public domain.

On whether their action was liable for impeachment, said he does not want to goto that extent, though he felt it can be possible, giventhe fact that a was impeached forcontempt of court.

He however, felt that their action may amount to contempt of court.

"Yes, it may amount to but I amnot talking about that...I don't want to take the issue toanother direction. I am only questioning the action of the four judges who came out saying that the is being giving cases according to his whims and fancies.

"Yes, that is the jurisdiction given to him. And why not? That bench before which the case is posted does not have only person. There are two other judges there."

"That means you are suspecting the three judges. Let us not denigrate the institution," said

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 19:05 IST