CJI Misra impeachment row: Congress to challenge Naidu's order in SC

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CJI Misra impeachment row: Congress to challenge Venkaiah Naidu's order in SC

Congress leader and senior advocate Kapil Sibal said that his party would move the Supreme Court and challenge the Vice-President's order on notice for impeachment.

Hours after Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu rejected the Opposition's notice for impeachment of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, the Congress called the order "unprecedented, illegal, ill-advised and hasty".

Congress leader and senior advocate Kapil Sibal said that his party would move the Supreme Court and challenge the Vice-President's order on notice for impeachment.

"We will certainly file a petition against this and would want the CJI to not take any decision with respect to it, be it the listing or anything else. We will accept whatever the Supreme Court decides," said Kapil Sibal.

Addressing a press conference in Delhi, Kapil Sibal said, "It is our privilege to move a motion", adding that the notice was rejected in a "hasty" manner.

"If a motion is moved by 64 valid signatures, if it is moved with documents and conversation... it takes time to understand a case...matters like these should not be disposed off in such a fashion," Kapil Sibal said.

The Congress leader said that never in the history of India has an impeachment motion been rejected at a preliminary stage. Kapil Sibal said that Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu could have consulted the collegium of judges in the matter.

"This order is unprecedented and it shatters confidence of people. It destroys legitimate process of law," said Kapil Sibal.

Calling the move to reject the notice for impeachment of CJI "illegal", Kapil Sibal said that the order should have been passed after a full-fledged inquiry into the matter.

(With inputs from Rahul Shrivastava and Supriya Bhardwaj)

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