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Noted citizens express concern over judiciary crisis


GUWAHATI, Jan 24 - A number of distinguished personalities have, in a signed statement, said that the recent unprecedented act by four senior-most judges in addressing the media over some �undesirable� acts by the Chief Justice of India was a serious matter that strongly indicated that not all was well in the highest echelons of the judiciary.

�It is not just for the well-being of democracy but for the very existence of a civilised nation that the judiciary must be above board. When four senior judges with impeccable credentials point towards undesirable acts of omission and commission suspect on the part of the Chief Justice, that cannot be termed as an action arising out of emotion or biasness. Every person who stands for democracy are bound to be perturbed by the developments and it�s natural that they would want remedial measures from all concerned,� the citizens said in the statement.

The statement added that it was unfortunate that certain quarters were finding fault with the four judges for speaking out and some others were trying to trivialise the developments.

�We firmly believe that the four judges were acting in the best interests of the nation and democracy. We also believe that all concerned need to take the allegations of the four judges seriously and do the needful in the interest of justice dispensation and democracy,� the statement said.

The signatories included Dr Hiren Gohain, Harekrishna Deka, Prof Udayaditya Bharali, Apurba Kumar Baruah, Jyotiprasad Saikia, Abdul Mannan, Dr Manorama Sarma, Pranavananda Pathak, Dr Dinesh Baishya, Ajit Kumar Bhuyan, Haidar Hussain, Santanu Barthakur, Paresh Malakar, Deven Tamuly and Rittwik Saikia.

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