NEW DELHI: Justice Kurian Joseph, said that the Apex Court was not functioning in the right direction under Former Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra who was being controlled from outside and was allocating cases to judges with political bias. It had become a question of the independence of the judiciary, protection of democracy and the institution of the Supreme Court, he said.
Justice Joseph was one of the four Supreme Court judges who held a press conference on January 12. It was for the first time in the history of Indian judiciary that such a step was taken. Along with him Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi and Madan B Lokur decided to go public against the functioning of the judiciary under Misra. They had alleged faulty “assignment of cases” and “sensitive cases being allotted to Judges low down on the top court’s hierarchy by Justice Misra.
Justice Joseph said this during a media talk with reporters after he retired as a Supreme Court judge on Friday.