SC Judges' rebellion: Yashwant Sinha attacks government, says 'democracy under threat'

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Noida: Former finance minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha on Saturday demanded clarification on the allegations made by the four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court against the Chief Justice of India (CJI).

Lokur and Kurian Joseph had addressed the media Friday. "All those who care about the future of the country and of democracy should raise their voice", Sinha said.

"Parliament sessions are not being held". This is the best institution of a vibrant democracy. "Ideally, the judges should have gone to the President first and not publicly aired their grievances about allotment of work", said a source.

They said that "administration of the Supreme Court is not in order and that many things less than desirable have happened in the last few months".

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The senior leader said the government ought to play its part in protecting democracy without interfering in the judiciary.

Taking on his party, Sinha said the senior members of the BJP and senior ministers of the Modi government should look into the matter with utmost urgency and transparency. "They can't speak, as they fear losing their posts", he said. Party leaders said that it is not surprising that the Congress is supporting the dissenting judges against the CJI, as it may not have liked certain decisions of the SC like reopening of the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases. Do you understand the meaning of this?

"What the judges are hinting at is loud and clear. They do not either have the opportunity or the courage to express themselves", said Sinha. A magazine report had raised questions on the suspicious surroundings of the death of justice Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case of 2004, in which various police officers and BJP president Amit Shah are named as parties. I stand firmly with the four judges and instead of criticising them let us concentrate on the issues raised by them. D Raja told a news agency that he knew Justice Chelameswar for a long time and it would not be right to give a political colour to his visit to the judge's house.

He further added that people would be failing in their national duty if they did not take note of this.

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