Soon after four of the most senior judges of the Supreme Court publicly questioned the functioning of the apex institution, one of them, Justice J Chelameswar, had a visitor on Friday — senior CPI leader D Raja.
Raja’s meeting with Justice Chelameswar, after the press meet convened by the four apex court judges, had led to a controversy, but the CPI leader maintained that he paid a visit to the Supreme Court judge as he knew him from his student days.
Raja on Friday spoke in solidarity with Justice Chelameshwar’s declaration against the administration of India’s top court. These are concerns for everybody as it is about the future of the country and democracy, Raja said.
“Raja went (to Justice Chelameswar’s residence) in his personal capacity, not as a representative of the party,” CPI general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy said.
He dismissed the speculation that the CPI wanted to meddle in the controversy surrounding four senior Supreme Court judges mounting a virtual revolt against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and said it was a “misunderstanding”.
“I have known him for a long time,” Raja said. “When I came to know of the extraordinary step taken by him and other judges, I thought I must meet him. Not giving it political colour.”