The CPI leader was caught on camera speaking to Justice Chelameswar on the patio of his bungalow, and leaving a few minutes later, after shaking hands with the judge. The seemingly ill-timed meeting led to questions over an opposition leader being hosted by Justice Chelameswar and gave the events a political hue.
However, people close to Justice Chelameswar said his acquaintance with Raja went back several years and nothing sinister should be read into the meeting. Later in the day, Supreme assembly judges Justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao called on Justice Chelameswar.
Dismissing allegations of impropriety, Raja said his visit to the Supreme assembly judge was in a personal capacity and he had acted as a responsible parliamentarian. He said he knew Justice Chelameswar for many years, going back to his days in Tamil Nadu. Raja agreed that his visit was linked to the events of the day but said since he knew Justice Chelameswar, he had wanted to know why the SC judges had gone public.
"When I heard about this press conference, I thought I should go to him (Justice Chelameswar) and understand the reasons for his distress. The four judges have taken an extraordinary step, it shows the deep crisis in the judiciary and I think this needs to be addressed," he said.
Raja also insisted that the charges made by the SC judges in their press conference needed to be debated in Parliament, and that a solution should be suggested by them. "I am a member of Parliament. I have known Justice Chelameswar for long. What happens in the judiciary is a matter of concern to us, when something extraordinary happens, it is a matter of concern to all of us. There is no politics in this. I represent Parliament and the people of India. I know him so I asked him," he said.
The Left boss increased that the gravity of the contents elevated by the justices required that legislature interact in the concern. "In the lack of a National legal Commission, when we refer to the law, there is a clear division of energy between the legislature, the administrator and the administration. We must request why such an improvement should take place in the administration," he expressed.
Raja found unannounced help from BJP MP Subramanian Swamy, who bayed the meeting was "not a big thing", thinking the CPI master was was not just a leader but also an accountable associate of legislature.
Meanwhile, the CPM politburo expressed the state and freedom of the administration, particularly the SC, was a "vital pillar of the Constitution and non-negotiable". In a message, the organization expressed, "It is to be hoped that all such issues will be resolved keeping in mind the principles of democratic functioning and transparency regarding the highest court of the land."