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"When four top judges are sharing their concern with the members of the media, how can this be an internal matter?" "All those who care about the future of the country and of democracy should raise their voice", Sinha said.

The BJP on Friday flayed Congress for trying to draw political mileage out of judges row."This is an internal matter of the Supreme Court".

The dissident, who has been critical of the government and BJP for a while now, said if Parliament is compromised, Supreme Court is not in order, then democracy is threatened. Supreme Court judges are saying the court is not in order. "They can't speak, as they fear losing their posts", he said. Referring to the winter session and the first leg of the budget session of Parliament to be held from January 29 to February 9, Sinha said he had never heard of such short sessions and this was also a threat to democracy.

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Sinha, however, insisted that it was for the apex court to sort out the crisis after the four senior judges virtually revolted against the CJI on Friday, raising questions on "selective" case allocation.

The BJP's reaction came after Congress called a press conference and read out a statement calling the comments made by four Supreme Court judges "extremely disturbing" and appealed to the full Supreme Court to find solutions to preserve the independence of the judiciary.

"There is the judge Loya case".

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"What the judges are hinting at is loud and clear".

Congress President Rahul Gandhi demanded that the PIL concerning the death of Judge BH Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin fake shootout case, should be entrusted to the senior-most judges of the Supreme Court who should ensure a thorough and impartial investigation of the case by an independent SIT. "They do not either have the opportunity or the courage to express themselves", said Sinha.

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