Congress and its allies in the opposition grouping met Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday to give notice for impeachment of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. The Congress-led Opposition grouping had held a meeting on Friday morning to give final shape to the proposed impeachment motion against the CJI.
Over 60 MPs belonging to seven political parties have signed the notice demanding impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Dipak Misra.
Congress, NCP, CPI (M), CPI, SP, BSP and Muslim League are among parties that signed notice, according to the reports. However, the Trinamool Congress and the DMK, which were initially in favour of the impeachment against the CJI, are no longer part of it.
The impeachment notice comes a day after the Supreme Court rejected a bunch of petitions seeking an independent probe into the death of Judge BH Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.
The judgement was delivered by a Supreme Court bench headed by the Chief Justice of India.
An impeachment motion in the Rajya Sabha has to be supported by a total of at least 50 MPs of the Upper House, while the number of MPs supporting such a motion in the Lok Sabha is 100.
Once the notice for an impeachment motion is submitted to the Rajya Sabha chairman, he will ascertain whether there is merit or ground for moving such a motion. In case he finds merit, then he may form a committee to look into it, else he can reject it.
If moved, this will be the first time ever in the country’s history that an impeachment would be moved against the Chief Justice of India.
In a related development, the Supreme Court termed as very unfortunate the public statements, including those made by lawmakers, on impeachment of judges.
“We are all very disturbed about it,” a bench comprising Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said after the counsel appearing for the petitioner raised the issue of politicians making public statements on impeachment of judges.
It has also sought Attorney General KK Venugopal to assist it to deal with the plea, which has also sought a gag on the media from reporting such statements.
The apex court, while asking the top law officer of the country to assist it in the matter, posted the case for hearing on May 7. It, however, refused to pass any order gagging the media, saying it would not do this without hearing the Attorney General.
(With inputs from PTI)