Impeachment motion: 64 MPs accuse CJI Misra of misbehaviour, Jaitley calls it revenge petition

Seven Opposition parties, including the Congress, today submitted a notice to Vice-President Venkaiah Nadu for impeachment of Chief Justice Dipak Misra with signatures of 64 MPs. Seven former MPs too have signed the notice.

Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kapil Sibal, who addressed a press conference after meeting the Vice-President, said that the Opposition has moved the impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India on grounds of “misbehaviour”.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley accused the Congress and “its friends” of using impeachment as a “political tool”. In his blog, Jaitley said that impeachment motion against the Chief Justice is a “revenge petition after the falsehood of the the Congress Party has been established in the Judge Loya death case”.

Both Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kapil Sibal, however, maintained that the notice for impeachment of Chief Justice Dipak Misra has nothing to do with the Judge Loya case. “We started the process much earlier. There is no mention of the Loya case in the motion,” the Congress leaders said.

Kapil Sibal, who is also a senior lawyer, said that Constitution “does not permit impeachment for any judgment” and “it is only allowed for misbehaviour”. The charges levelled against Chief Justice Dipak Misra include “conspiracy to pay illegal gratification” in the Prasad Education Trust case (MCI scam) and denial of permission to proceed against a retired high court judge in the same matter.

Senior Congress leader and senior lawyer Salman Khurshid, however, seemed to take a different line on the subject and said that “no politics should be done over court verdicts”.

Before submitting the notice on impeachment motion to the Vice President, Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, called a meeting with other parties in Delhi.

MPs from the Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and the Communist Party of India and the CPI-Marxist signed the notice for impeachment motion against the Chief Justice of India.

In the day, the Supreme Court sought Attorney General KK Venugopal’s assistance on a plea seeking media gag on the impeachment process. The bench headed by Justice AK Sikri said that the court would not restrain the media before hearing the AG.

Justice Sikri, referring to the statements of politicians against members of judiciary, said, “It is unfortunate. We are all disturbed over what is happening. Legislators are also supposed to follow rules”. India Today