Seven opposition parties move impeachment motion against CJI Dipak Misra
New Delhi, Apr 20 (IBNS): Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has said that seven opposition parties are moving an impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra with the support of 64 present MPs.
Congress, Left, Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have signed the petition.
Azad said this at a press conference on Friday.
The opposition parties met Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to submit the petitions against Misra, who had recently stirred controversy by dismissing pleas seeking an independent probe into Justice BH Loya's death.
Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case in which Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah was accused, died due to cardiac arrest.
The new judge who replaced Loya acquitted Shah of all charges.
Seven retired MPs have also signed the petition. However, Azad asked Naidu to discount those seven names since they have retired.
Azad, who is the leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha, said the opposition has moved the motion under five listed grounds of misbehaviour.
However, opposition parties like Trinamool Congress (TMC), DMK, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) did not support the impeachment motion.
Four senior judges of the top court- Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph- months ago alleged that cases with far reaching consequences were assigned to selective judges.
Justice Chelameswar, who represented the four judges in an unprecedented press conference, said they had approached the CJI with a letter but failed to convince him.
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