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Opposition may bring impeachment motion against CJI: Sitaram Yechury

Opposition may bring impeachment motion against CJI: Sitaram Yechury

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 24 Jan 2018, 01:52 pm

New Delhi, Jan 24 (IBNS): CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Tuesday said the Opposition is considering to bring an impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, who has been accused by four senior judges of the apex court of assigning important cases to selective judges, media reports said.

Yechury said it is the only way the legislature can inquire into a case which has been brought to notice by the four judges.

In an unprecedented press meet, the four senior most judges of the SC-  Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph- had revolted against  the CJI alleging that the administration of the country's highest court was not in order.   

The four judges have accused the CJI of assigning cases of far reaching consequences to selective judges.

Yechury told The Indian Express that the consultations with secular political parties are going on regarding the bringing of impeachment motion.

Yechury was quoted by the Indian Express as saying: "We are considering. The main point is it has been nearly two weeks now since senior judges have raised certain very important points. And we had hoped that the matter will be settled within the judiciary. We, at least the CPM, are very firm on the position that the independence and integrity of the judiciary is non-negotiable. That should be upheld."

"All the three pillars of our democracy — legislature, executive and judiciary — must come together to resolve the serious issues raised. The legislature, that is the Parliament, has only one way of doing this. And that is through the moving of an impeachment motion… So this is an issue we are considering. By the time, Parliament convenes on January 29, we will take a final position," he added.

"We are passing no comments. The matter is serious. They should be inquired into. The only inquiry the legislature can enforce is through an impeachment motion… It is mandated by the Constitution that if there is an impeachment motion by the requisite number of MPs, the Chairman or the Speaker are constitutionally bound to constitute a committee to first examine the charges… And on that basis, if there is merit, then the matter will proceed" the CPI-M General Secretary said.

While NCP leader Tariq Anwar echoed the words of Yechury, Congress said it is unaware of any such consultations, report said.

Though the CJI met the four rebel judges thrice in a week, failed to derive a solution.