In a significant development, several opposition parties have reportedly come together to sign an impeachment proceeding against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. According to several media reports, among those, who’ve already signed the impeachment motion against the CJI include Kapil Sibal, Ghulam Nabi Azad and NCP’s Majeed Memon.
For the impeachment to start, at least 50 MPs are expected to sign the motion. Speaking to Times now, Memon, himself a noted criminal lawyer, said, “I have been trying to raise this issue in the Parliament. But because of the disruption, i could not raise this issue. After hearing the farewell speech of Amitava Roy, where he said that “Supreme Court judges should not project a fractured face.”
Quoting sources, Bar and Bench website said that the first issue on the draft was the case of Prasad Education trust case where opposition leaders alleged the involvement of CJI Misra.
In November, during a heated courtroom drama, lawyer Prashant Bhushan had accused CJI Dipak Misra of corruption. In an unprecedented development, Bhushan had stormed out of a hearing in the apex court while yelling at the Chief Justice of India.
Bhushan had reportedly told CJI Misra, “You are alleged to be a part of this scam. How can you hear the matter?
“FIR is lodged directly against you.” To which the CJI replied, “What nonsense! There’s not a word in FIR naming me or anyone else. Read our orders first. You are now liable for contempt.”
Bhushan then challenged CJI Misra to issue him a contempt. But all CJI Misra said was “You are not worth it.”
NCP’s DP Tripathi told ANI, “A lot of opposition parties have signed a draft proposal for moving an impeachment motion against CJI Dipak Misra. Many parties like NCP,Left parties and I think TMC and Congress also have signed it.”
In his farewell speech, Justice Amitava Roy had warned about the danger of judiciary losing credibility. Among those present at the event were CJI Misra and Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph. These three judges along with Justice J Chelameswar had organised an extraordinary press conference against the questionable functioning of the CJI.
Justice Roy, in his farewell speech had said, “what I intend to tell you is this, that we, being the guardian of the rule of law, need to secure the same. Otherwise the caveat is: extra legal elements and military muscles are waiting in the wings to take over. And that would spell the destruction of the institution. And that would mean our extinction because we survive for the institution. It is not otherwise.”