Opposition feels impeachy against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra

Opposition feels impeachy against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra

The Congress-led Opposition in the Rajya Sabha attempts to press the first-ever impeachment motion against a sitting Chief Justice of India. However, some notes of discord were heard from within the Congress. There were divisions within the Congress, with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh staying away from the move and senior Supreme Court advocate Salman Khurshid expressing reservations.

According to the Hindustan Times, in previous cases when "similar notices" were submitted, the Rajya Sabha or Lok Sabha speaker has taken three to 13 days to decide.

Coming out in support of Justice Misra, Sorabjee said a judge can not be impeached merely because of error of judgement.

"The judiciary must guard and protect itself from external interference and must be above suspicion", the notice said. "This move could have been avoided", said Kumar, a noted lawyer who served as Union Law Minister in the previous UPA government.

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Besides that, The Trinamool Congress, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and some other parties have not signed the petition.

Addressing the media at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi, party national spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi alleged that the move on impeachment process was linked to the judgment on the Judge Loya case as well as the acquittal of Maya Kodnani, a former BJP minister in Gujarat, in the 2002 riots case.

So, the committee must be one where there is a judge of the Supreme Court, a Chief Justice of a High Court and a distinguished jurist. Sen retained the money even after being appointed as the High Court judge in 2003. Further, despite the orders of the ADM cancelling the allotment in 1985, the Chief Justice whereas the fifth charge relates to the abuse of exercise of power by the Chief Justice in choosing to send sensitive matters to particular benches by misusing his authority as Master of the Roster with the likely intent to influence the outcome.

The opposition move came a day after a Supreme Court bench headed by chief justice Misra rejected a public interest litigation for a special investigation team probe into the death of CBI court judge B H Loya, who was conducting a trial in the killing of gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh in Gujarat in which now BJP president Amit Shah was an accused.

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" We have more than the minimum requirement needed to entertain the motion and we are sure that the Hon Chairman will take action". "The signatures are also dated".

The impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra would turn out to be a joke as it would get defeated due to lack of numbers in both the House of Parliament, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party or AAP has said. Democracy can thrive only when our judiciary stands firm, independent of the executive, and discharges its constitutional functions honestly, fearlessly and with an even hand'. After it is passed in both Houses, it is presented to the President, who can pass a Presidential Order for the removal of the CJI.

Vikas Singh also said the allegations levelled against the CJI were not serious enough to impeach him.

"We all are very disturbed about it", Justice Sikri said while asking the Attorney Generel to assist in the matter. "This motion will further damage the judiciary's public perception", he said. "We expect positive action from the chairman".

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Hours after the impeachment notice was submitted to then Chairman Hamid Ansari to constitute a 3-member committee, the judge removed the objected sentence: "If I am asked by anyone to name two things which have destroyed this country or rather have not allowed the country to progress in the right direction, then the same is, (i) Reservation and (ii) Corruption".

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