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Raja defends visit to Justice Chelameshwar

Raja defends visit to Justice Chelameshwar

New Delhi, Jan 12 (UNI) Communist Party of India (CPI) Member of Parliament D Raja on Friday

defended his visit to Justice J Chelameshwar at his residence here soon after he and three other

Supreme Court judges held an unprecedented press conference, denying that it was prompted

by political considerations.

Explaining the rationale for his visit that raised eyebrows in certain quarters, Mr Raja told media

persons that he knew Justice Chelameswar for a long time and thought he should find out what

happened, since the judges had gone public with their complaints.

'I just thought I should find out what exactly the problem is. There is no politics involved. This

issue concerns all citizens,' the CPI National Secretary said, adding "Parliament will have to devise

a method to sort out problems like this in the judiciary."

He was responding to questions from reporters on his reaction to the happenings which had

snowballed into an unprecedented press conference by four seniormost Supreme Court judges

which hinted at a sharp divide in the highest court of the land.

Stating that he had known Mr Justice Chelameshwar for a long time, Mr Raja said he wanted

to know from him the reason for the extreme step the four judges had taken.

In an interview to a private channel, the Left leader said 'My concern is there is problem in judiciary.

And, judiciary must rise above this and restore the faith of people in the judiciary.'

He went on to say that Justice Chelameswar 'has not sought anything from me. Everyone is worried

about democracy in this country. And, judiciary is considered to be the last faith of our citizens.'

'Our Constitution has defined roles for judiciary, Parliament and executive. I think when there is

crisis in the judiciary, Parliament should discuss the issue and provide meaningful solution,' he averred.

Mr Raja stressed 'we want independence of judiciary. We want the problems to be sorted. What

judges did today was extraordinary.'

Justice Chelameswar had told him in their meeting whatever he said in the press conference, Mr Raja

added, ponting out that 'it is concern of all citizens and being a citizen of this country, I am

concerned.'

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