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Sixty-Four opposition MPs sign impeachment motion against CJI ; No other way to protect judiciary, says Congress

Sixty-Four opposition MPs sign impeachment motion against CJI ; No other way to protect judiciary, says Congress

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 20 Apr 2018, 02:00 pm

New Delhi, Apr 20 (IBNS) : Sixty-four Rajya Sabha MPs from seven opposition parties, led by the Congress, signed impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra for what they said "five listed grounds of misbehaviour."

"We have moved an impeachment motion seeking the removal of CJI Dipak Misra," opposition leader in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad said after meeting Vice President Venkaiah Naidu.

The move comes a day after the SC ruling in the CBI Judge BH Loya’s death case.

Azad said  seven parties, including SP, BSP, CPM, CPI, Muslim League have extended support to the impeachment move.

He said that 71 MPs had signed the impeachment motion (against CJI) but as seven have retired the number is now 64.

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

Azad said the opposition has moved the motion under five listed grounds of misbehaviour.

However, reports said that  opposition parties like Trinamool Congress (TMC), DMK, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) did not support the impeachment motion.

Earlier, a delegation of seven opposition political parties, led by Congress leader Ghulam Nabi azad met Vice President and the Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu to discuss their proposed impeachment motion against the CJI.

Congrsess spokesman Kapil Sibal said. : "No other way to protect the institution except the impeachment motion. We are doing so with a very heavy heart: Kapil Sibal

" We wish this day had never come in the fabric of our constitutional framework. Since the day he (Dipak Misra) was appointed as CJI there have been questions raised in the manner in which he has dealt with certain cases," he said.

"We were hoping that the anguish of the judges would be addressed by the CJI. More than three months have passed, nothing has changed."

" Didn't want this day to come, hope the Vice President will accept the impeachment motion," Sibal said.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Friday termed as very unfortunate the public statements, including those made by lawmakers, on impeachment of judges.

"We are all very disturbed about it," a bench comprising Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said after the counsel appearing for the petitioner raised the issue of politicians making public statements on impeachment of judges.

The impeachment move has its genesis in the public complaint made by four  senior judges of the top court- Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph-  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.