Naidu expected to take legal opinion on impeachment motion

Opposition leaders at a press conference in New Delhi on Friday

Opposition leaders at a press conference in New Delhi on Friday

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has rejected a motion by Opposition parties to impeach Chief Justice Dipak Misra. But this was building up for some time and decision of Supreme Court to dismiss petition seeking independent probe into mysterious death of judge Loya seems to be the final nail in coffin.

The vice president also cut short his visit to Hyderabad and reached New Delhi to hold deliberations over the notice given by the seven opposition parties.

Former Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi called the impeachment notice a "cheap tactic" to intimidate Chief Justice Misra and denigrate the institution.

"A notice for raising a matter in the House should not be given publicity by any member or other person until it has been admitted by the Chairman and circulated by members".

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said the step has been taken "with a heavy heart" to protect the independence of the judiciary. "I am sure that the minimum requirement for the motion to be entertained has been met and sure that chairman will take action", Nabi was quoted as saying by NDTV.

The press release by the Rajya Sabha MPs listed five grounds on which the impeachment motion was instituted.

The first charge in the removal motion is on the alleged medical admission scam in Prasad Education Trust case where the Congress-led parties pointed to "prima facie evidence suggesting that CJI Misra may have been involved in the conspiracy of paying illegal gratification in the case".

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Secondly, the entire process is based on the principle that the CJI should allot cases as per merit, when he has been legally assigned as the master of the roster and his decisions on the administrative side of the Supreme Court are binding. The term impeachment is used only in relation to the President of India under Article 61 of the Constitution and in Article 124 in Chapter IV, which is about the Union Judiciary and establishment and constitution of Supreme Court, the term "removed" is used.

They also accused Misra of providing false information when he bought land before becoming chief justice. I want to tell them, there is hope.

Mr Jaitley said, it is a revenge petition after the falsehood of the Congress was established in the Justice Loya death case.

She said the repeated exposures were showing how institutional integrity was compromised and how the "dirty tricks department" of the Congress was at work.

The Congress veteran said the concern of all those who've signed the impeachment notice is that democracy is being undermined. "We wish this day has never come", said Congress leader Sibal. Chief Justice Misra is hearing cases as usual at the Supreme Court today.

This Friday, on the 20th of April 2018, 65 MPs of the Rajya Sabha from the Congress as also six other opposition parties filed a petition against the CJI for his impeachment.

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