BJP flays Cong’s impeachment notice; Calls it ‘revenge petition’

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kapil Sibal addressing a press conference after opposition parties submitted a notice to the Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairperson Venkaiah Naidu to initiate impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, New Delhi, April 20, 2018. PTI

New Delhi: Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kapil Sibal addressing a press conference after opposition parties submitted a notice to the Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairperson Venkaiah Naidu to initiate impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, New Delhi, April 20, 2018.
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The BJP has strongly attacked the Congress party over moving notice to impeach Chief Justice Dipak Misra. Even as the Congress leaders listed allegations against Justice Misra, Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley accused the principal opposition part of trivialising the power of impeachment and using it as a political tool.

“The Congress Party and its friends have started using impeachment as a political tool… The power of impeachment under our Constitution is a part of an inter-institutional accountability,” Jaitley said in a Facebook post.

Earlier in the day, Congress party and its six allies in Opposition moved notice before Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu demanding the impeachment of Chief Justice Dipak Misra.

“As representatives of the people, we are entitled to hold the Chief Justice accountable, just as we are accountable to the people. The majesty of the law is more important than the majesty of any office,” Congress leader Kapil Sibal said at a presser conference convened after their meeting with Venkaiah Naidu.

Sibal, an eminent lawyer himself, added that the notice seeking impeachment has been moved with a heavy heart.

File photo of Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley. PTI

File photo of Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley.
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No Chief Justice has ever been impeached in India and any decision on the notice by the Opposition parties against the Chief Justice if India is likely to be taken by the Vice President following legal consultations.

“We hope that a thorough enquiry will be held so that truth alone triumphs. Democracy can thrive only when our judiciary stands firm, independent of the executive, and discharges its constitutional functions honestly, fearless, and with an even hand,” Sibal said.

Meanwhile, Union minister and Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley charged that trivialising the use of power of impeachment is a “dangerous event”.

“It is a revenge petition after the falsehood of the Congress Party has been established in the Justice Loya death case. It is an attempt to intimidate a Judge and send a message to other Judges, that if you don’t agree with us, fifty MP’s are enough for a revenge action,” he wrote in his Facebook post.

Refuting further with the allegations made by the Opposition, Jaitley said that the charges read out are issues those which have been settled by judicial orders or by precedent. “Some issues are stale, trivial and have nothing to do with judicial functions,” he added.