K.T.Thomas, another Keralite, who retired as a judge of the apex court said "now the ball is in the court of Chief Justice (Dipak Misra), who is the best person to resolve the issue".
"Never before has such a thing happened when judges hold press meets. I did read the letter that the four judges had given and they spoke of some procedural lapses and the CJI has to speak now. A full court should be called," said Thomas.
Another retired judge of the apex court, K.S. Radhakrishnan, said the seven-page-letter of the judges was "just a general one".
"The letter should have been specific and clearly stated which was the case and such details. The general norm is that if a particular judge has any interest in any case, it's not heard by that judge," said Radhakrishnan.
On Friday, at a hurriedly called press conference at the residence of Justice J. Chelameswar, the No.2 in the apex court hierarchy, the judges said it was with "no pleasure" that they had been "compelled to make public what they were upset with".
Justice Chelameswar was flanked by Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Kurien Joseph and Madan B. Lokur.
He said the four of them were convinced that "for the survival of democracy an impartial judge and justices are needed".
"All of us are convinced that unless this institution is protected and maintain its requirements, democracy will not survive in the country or any country.
"For survival of a democracy, it is said... the hallmark of a democracy is independent and impartial judges."
Without disclosing what they were upset about, Justice Chelameswar said a lot of things had been written in the media and it was not a political controversy.
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