Justice Chelameswar refuses to hear PIL against CJI’s powers

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Says he doesn’t want ‘another reversal of his orders after 24 hours’

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court’s most senior judge, Justice J Chelameswar, today again expressed anguish over the affairs in the apex court and refused to order listing of a PIL filed by former union Law Minister Shanti Bhushan seeking formulation of guidelines on allocation of cases.
In fast-moving developments, advocate Prashant Bhushan, after being denied urgent listing of his father’s PIL, rushed to Chief Justice Dipak Misra’s court and mentioned the matter for listing expeditiously.
The bench headed by CJI said, “We will look into it.”
Bhushan initially mentioned the matter before Justice Chelameswar and said this was an emergency situation.
He said he was referring the matter to Justice Chelameswar’s bench as the PIL challenges the master of roster concept and the CJI cannot deal with it.
Justice Chelameswar said he would not like to deal with the matter as the reasons were “too obvious”.
His remarks came in the backdrop of two recent letters written by him and Justice Kurian Joseph over the affairs of the Supreme Court and alleged interference by the executive into judicial matters.
Justice Chelameswar said today that he had written a letter a few days ago to highlight the affairs in the Supreme Court and in the country.
“Someone is running a relentless tirade against me that I am up to grab something. There is nothing I can do much in this. I am sorry. You please understand my difficulty,” Justice Chelameswar told Bhushan.
He said the country will understand everything and follow its own course.
“I don’t want one more reversal of my order in the next 24 hours. This is why I can’t do it. Please understand my difficulty,” he said.
He was apparently referring to the reversal of an order of a bench headed by him by the CJI’s bench on November 10 last year.