According to media reports, the Congress has circulated a draft proposal for moving an impeachment motion against the CJI among the opposition parties.
The Hush Post: Not so long after his style of functioning was challenged by the four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court, Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra is in for more trouble as the political parties too seem to have opened a front against him. News reports on Tuesday indicated that the Congress is planning to initiate impeachment proceedings against CJI Dipak Misra. According to media reports, the Congress has circulated a draft proposal for moving an impeachment motion against the CJI among the opposition parties.
“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 (sic),” NCP leader D P Tripathi told the ANI. Speaking to Times Now, another TMC leader, Majeed Memon, too reverberated Tripathi’s words.
The draft proposal deems “abuse of authority to arbitrarily assign individual cases to select judges” as grounds for moving the impeachment motion against CJI Dipak Misra, reported TOI.
Earlier, CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechuri had in January indicated that his party is meeting leaders of the opposition parties over the issue.
Sources say that the Congress was initially apprehensive of the move, but after long internal deliberations, the call was finally taken. According to Times Now, the draft on impeachment motion against CJI has been signed by Kapil Sibal, Ghulam Nabi Azad and many other leading Congress leaders.
Meanwhile the BJP has termed the move as ill-conceived and aimed at politicizing the judiciary. Given the timing of the draft note, the impeachment motion was designed to curtail the Chief Justice’s role in politically-sensitive cases ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Kohli alleged in an interview to Times Now.
It is to be noted that four top-most judges of the Supreme Court- Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph had rebelled against Justice Misra in January this year, listing his arbitrary way of assigning important cases to benches headed by junior judges as one of their main grievances.