Justice Jasti Chelameswar, the second most senior judge in the Supreme Court, has refused an invite to his farewell by the top court’s bar association. The 65-year-old retires on June 22.
Office bearers of the Supreme Court Bar Association met the judge at his home today for an hour but couldn’t persuade him to change his mind.
Justice Chelameswar’s exit, shorn of the traditional farewell party and speeches, is set to be as unusual as the last few months of his term.
Justice Chelameswar was one of the four senior-most judges of the top court who stunned the nation by holding a press conference on January 12 airing their reservations over the functioning of the top court.
Chelameswar, the second most senior judge of the Supreme Court, has said there should be a basis on which sensitive cases are assigned.
There should be transparency, else it will lead to suspicion, said Justice Chelameswar, one of the four judges who held an unprecedented press conference in January this year saying “things are not in order” with what they described as the “administration of the Supreme Court”.
The judges went public against the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra after a case relating to the death of CBI judge BH Loya was assigned to a judge who is number 10 in the Supreme Court hierarchy
The SCBA was to hold the farewell on May 18 — the last working day before top court goes into six-week summer break starting May 20. The Court will reopen on July 2.