New Delhi: Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra took the first step on Tuesday towards resolving the stalemate with four senior judges — Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph — by holding a meeting with them and promising to consider their grievances.After a stormy tea meeting on Monday morning, the four seniors met the CJI along with Justice A K Sikri and two future chief justices. The meeting+ lasted close to 15 minutes. The discussions started on a subdued note: a fallout of the strained equations of the participants. However, the initial awkwardness was gone when the protesters took the initiative to start a conversation. Soon, the CJI made the interaction congenial by declaring that he was "ready to consider" the perceived grievances of the senior four.
In fact, the peace meeting became possible because of the constant efforts of many judges, including future CJIs Justices S A Bobde, N V Ramana, U U Lalit and D Y Chandrachud, to underscore the importance of a cohesive judiciary and the pitfalls of a divided house, which invariably invites political interference. The stand taken by the four senior judges, whose press conference on Friday unleashed a huge crisis in the Supreme Court, will decide the future course. Speculation about the meeting started on Tuesday at 10.30 am, the scheduled time for the benches to assemble to hear cases. When the first six courts did not sit at 10.30 am, the lawyers speculated that there was possibly a fresh round of talks between the CJI and the four senior judges. Justice Sikri presides over the bench in court No.6 and Justice Lalit is part of the bench sitting in court No.11. All these benches sat 15 minutes later.