Seven opposition parties including the Congress met Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Friday with their impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.
Speaking to reporters Congress leader Kapil Sibal said that they had incriminating evidence of impropriety against CJI Misra including a taped conversation of an Odisha High Court judge making reference to impropriety. Sibal also highlighted how CJI Misra had submitted false affidavits during his stint as Odisha High Court lawyer.
The statement by the opposition parties said, “We wish this day had never come.” It added, “The constitution allows only one recourse to remedy the situation. Since there is no other way to protect the institution except to move on impeachment motion, we, members of the Rajya Sabha, do so with a heavy heart.”
71 signatories including 64 sitting Rajya Sabha MPs have signed the petition. A minimum of 50 MPs’ signatures are required for the impeachment motion to be accepted.
This came even as the Supreme Court sought advice from the Narendra Modi government’s top lawyer on a PIl to gag the media from reporting on impeachment motion against CJI.
Questions on Justice Misra’s credibility were first raised in January when four top judges of the Supreme Court held an extraordinary press conference and alleged that the former was abusing his position as the “master of the roster”. The Judge Loya case was then reassigned.
The top court’s bench headed by Justice Misra had yesterday this week dismissed the petition for an independent inquiry in Judge Loya’s mysterious death case. BJP President Amit Shah was the key accused in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh’s fake encounter case that Judge was hearing as a special CBI judge in 2014.
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