Yashwant Sinha demands clarification on SC judges' allegation

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He, however, made it clear that he does not intend to interfere with the internal matters of the judiciary but whatever the judges said should be probed thoroughly and the findings should be made public in the larger interests of democracy and integrity and honour of judiciary.

BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, on Saturday, asked party colleagues and Ministers to "speak up for democracy" similar to the four Supreme Court judges who had come out against the Chief Justice of India on Friday.

This morning, without disclosing what they were upset about, the four judges - Justice J Chelameswar (the No.2 in the apex court hierarchy), Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Kurien Joseph and Justice Madan B Lokur, said that "they have been compelled to do this (address the media)".

"Unprecedented points raised by the honourable judges need to be looked into carefully, even Justice Loya's case must be looked at by the highest levels of the Supreme Court", Gandhi said at a press conference in New Delhi.

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"None of us should politicise issues of judiciary and this is an advice to Congress party".

"Politics by political parties of the country, outside the judicial purview, trying to drag issues which are internal to the judiciary and politicise that is something which should not be attempted", BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said, adding, "The Congress party has attempted the same, it has tried its best to politicise internal issues of judiciary. The people of this country are watching Congress party exposing itself", the BJP said. Supreme Court judges are saying the court is not in order. What the judges have said is the feeling of millions of Indians. The Congress President went on to instigate the Apex Court for addressing the issue.

Along with the judiciary, Sinha said the Parliament of India is also compromised, which has clearly "threatened democracy".

Earlier this evening, Rahul had described the concerns expressed by four Supreme Court judges over the institution's functioning as "extremely important" and also sought investigation into the death of judge BH Loya by the "highest level" of the apex court. "Ideally, the judges should have gone to the President first and not publicly aired their grievances about allotment of work", said a source.