News 13 january — 11:17

India Supreme Court judges: Democracy is in danger

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Four of India's most senior Supreme Court judges have publicly challenged the authority of the head of the judiciary - in an unprecedented move, BBC  reports.

In a letter and a press conference, the judges said Chief Justice Dipak Misra was assigning cases to benches of his preference, breaching court rules.

Democracy would not survive in India unless the court's regulations were followed, they added.

This is the first time Supreme Court judges have ever addressed the media.

By convention, they have not spoken directly to press in the past, so as to appear impartial in court cases.

The unprecedented event has prompted India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hold an emergency meeting with Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

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