Yashwant Sinha demands clarification on SC judges' allegation

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The former Union minister referred to the comments of the four judges to claim that the prevailing atmosphere was like the Emergency in 1975-77 and voiced concern over short parliamentary sessions.

Former finance minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha on Friday said that he "stands firmly" with the four sitting judges of the Supreme Court, who went public with complaints against the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. "This is grave. It means you will appoint judges on cases where you want a favourable order", added Sinha.

Sinha also appealed fellow BJP leaders as well as all senior most cabinet ministers to "stand against whatever is sabotaging our democracy and work towards saving it".

Political parties and Parliament should speak when four senior most judges had spoken about dangers to democracy, he said. They mentioned there is a threat to democracy. I think that is also something that needs to be investigated properly. "It needs to be looked at from the highest levels of the Supreme Court", the Congress president said.

"The points that have been raised by the four judges are extremely important". If the four senior judges have gone public then how is it a Supreme Court matter alone?

Judge Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case, had died under mysterious circumstances in 2014.

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He said the press conference by judges "never happened before".

"Every citizen who feels for democracy should speak up".

At a hurriedly-called press conference at his residence, Justice J Chelameswar and three other colleagues said the Supreme Court administration was "not in order" and their efforts to persuade Justice Misra even this morning "with a specific request" failed, forcing them to "communicate with the nation" directly.

"Today's press conference could have been avoided, but the Supreme Court judges are all statesman with vast experience and knowledge, and I am sure by tomorrow, the entire issue would be resolved, "Attorney General (AG) K K Venugopal had told ANI. We owe a responsibility to the institution and the nation", Justice Chelameswar said".

Like the Chief Justice of India in the Supreme Court, the prime minister is also first among equals in the government and his cabinet colleagues should speak up, he said.

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