Press meet by four judges could have been avoided: AG

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Attorney General K.K. Venugopal
Attorney General K.K. Venugopal

New Delhi : Attorney General K.K. Venugopal on Friday said that the four senior most judges who took an unprecedented step of addressing the media to accuse Chief Justice Dipak Misra of breaching rules in assigning cases to appropriate benches, could have been avoided and the entire issue would be resolved.

Venugopal said the Supreme Court judges are all statesman with their experience and knowledge and he was hopeful that differences between them will be fully resolved.

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 Chief Justice Misra even this morning "with a specific request" failed, forcing them to "communicate with the nation" directly.

The four judges -- Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph and Madan B. Lokur besides Justice Chelameswar -- released a letter they wrote to the Chief Justice a couple of months ago, conceding that he was the master of roster but that was "not a recognition of any superior authority, legal or factual of the Chief Justice over his colleagues".