Congress using move as political tool, intimidatory tactic, says Jaitley


Ghulam Nabi Azad, in a press conference, said that Opposition parties had moved impeachment motion under five grounds of misbehaviour. The Trinamool Congress and DMK were among the parties, which are usually part of any opposition platform, that did not participate in the extreme step.

If the impeachment motion sails through, this will be the first-ever instance in India's parliamentary history of a sitting Chief Justice of SC being sacked. We didn't involve Dr. Singh. Mr Sibal further added, "As a representatives of the people, we are entitled to hold the Chief Justice accountable, just as we are accountable to the people".

The fate of the motion for impeachment of Chief Justice Dipak Misra rests with Rajya Sabha Chairperson M. Venkaiah Naidu, who is likely to seek legal opinion before accepting or rejecting it. Mr. Sibal, however, categorically denied this.

The third charge in the motion said Justice Misra "appears to have" antedated an administrative order dated November 6, 2017, which amounted to a serious act of forgery/fabrication.

The apex court said it was "very unfortunate" that despite knowing the law that till a certain point, the issue of impeachment can not be made public, the politicians were holding public discussions.

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley blasted the Opposition over the proposed impeachment motion, calling it a "revenge petition" against the CJI after the "falsehood in Justice Loya case was exposed".

When four senior judges of the Supreme Court came out in protest earlier this year against the selective allocation of sensitive cases by the Chief Justice of India to particular benches, it was the surest sign that the institution of the judiciary is undergoing a crisis. However, the Supreme Court rejected the petition and said that it will wait for Attorney General's reply on the matter. They are expected to address a press conference at 1 pm.

The seven parties included the Indian National Congress (INC), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Samajwadi Party (SP), National Congress Party (NCP), Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), Communist Party of India (CPI) and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM).

Chief Justice Misra hails from Odisha. The majesty of law is more important than the majesty of any office.

For over a month now, the opposition, quietly led by Sibal, has been gathering support to bring his historic motion against the CJI. "We hope that a thorough inquiry would be helpful so that truth alone triumphs". For a motion to be taken up in the Lok Sabha, at least 100 MPs of the house should sign on it, and if it is to be initiated in the Rajya Sabha, 50 members should be its signatories for it be to be taken up by the presiding officer. After passing through one house, it must be taken up in the second, where it must be passed with two-thirds majority once more.