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Justice Arun Mishra assigned Loya case breaks down at an informal gathering of judges

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New Delhi: The morning tea session at the judges’ lounge at the Supreme Court — where the Chief Justice of India and some of the other judges met informally to settle their differences — had some emotional moments. One of the participating judges nearly broke down and Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice J Chelameshwar, who had ignited the major row on Friday, came together to comfort him. The judge to be comforted was none other than 62-year-old Justice Arun Mishra, who is hearing the judge Loya case in which BJP chief Amit Shah had figured.

Justice Chelameswar was seen with his arm around the shoulder of Arun Mishra, as the Chief Justice led him into his chamber. Justice Arun Mishra is expected to hear a petition on Tuesday that calls for an independent investigation into the abrupt death of special judge BH Loya in Nagpur in 2014.Every day, the judges meet in the lounge to have tea before the round of hearings begins. But on Monday, the staff was asked to leave before the five top judges, accompanied by a few others, met.

At the meeting, Justice Arun Mishra said he was being “unfairly” targeted by the four judges, who had raised questions about his “competence” and “integrity”. Justice Arun Mishra pointed out that even former Chief Justices TS Thakur and JS Khehar had assigned him tough cases. The judge said he has been working hard and was overburdened. At this point, Justice Dipak Mishra and Justice Chelameshwar came over to him. Justice Chelameshwar told Justice Arun Mishra that they were trying to raise issues and were not against him.