Venkaiah Naidu begins consultations on impeachment notice against CJI Dipak Misra
After relentless pressure from the opposition, Rajya Sabha Chairman and vice- President Venkaiah Naidu today has begun consultations on the impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.
Naidu cut-short his Telangana tour by a day and returned to the capital on Sunday to start the procedure on the impeachment motion.
He spoke to Former Secretary General (Rajya Sabha) Subhash Kashyap, former secretary general of Lok Sabha PK Malhotra, former law secretary Sanjay Singh and former judge Sudarshan Reddy.
He also met senior officials of the Rajya Sabaha secretariat
Seven Opposition parties including the Congress moved an impeachment notice against CJI Dipak Misra, levelling several charges against him. Congress even said that it will approach the Supreme Court if the notice is rejected.
"The chairman's decision is open to being challenged. It is bound to go for a judicial review," said a Congress leader.
The Congress was also trying to build up 'moral pressure' on the CJI in the hope that he would step aside from judicial duty if an impeachment motion was moved against him.
Judges who faced impeachment had earlier stepped aside from judicial work and the Chief Justice should do the same, a party leader said.
"It is only a convention, though there is no legal or constitutional bar (on this)," the leader said.
The Congress also hoped that the decision on the motion would be taken soon.