New Delhi: Justice Madan B Lokur, who retired from the Supreme Court on 30 December, on Wednesday refused to be dragged into the controversy related to the handling of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) matters and the politically sensitive Ayodhya land dispute by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi.
Lokur, one of the four senior judges of the apex court who staged a virtual revolt against then CJI Dipak Misra by holding an unprecedented press conference on 12 January, 2018, was speaking at an event in New Delhi on "State of the Indian Judiciary" organised by legal news portal The Leaflet.
The retired judge evaded questions as to whether Justice Gogoi, who was in the panel to select the CBI director, should have heard former CBI chief Alok Verma's petition as on Tuesday, he refused to hear a plea challenging the appointment of the agency's interim director, M Nageshwar Rao.
Justice Lokur said although the CJI heard and decided Verma's petition against his divesting of powers, that did not mean he should also hear the case against the acting CBI director as he was part of the selection panel to choose the central probe agency's chief. "Are you suggesting that he (CJI) should have heard the case and taken a meeting tomorrow?" he asked.
When the questions about the CBI case involving Verma and Rao were repeated, Justice Lokur was visibly not happy.
He also skirted questions on the CJI being a part of the bench hearing the politically sensitive Ayodhya land dispute case, the Rafale matter and others. Justice Lokur requested all not to make specific mention of any case, which was being heard either by the CJI or any other judges.
Updated Date: Jan 24, 2019 09:12:00 IST