New Delhi, Mar 28: The move to bring a motion to remove Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra gained momentum on Tuesday with Congress taking the lead in bringing Opposition parties on board. Congress leaders reached out to Rajya Sabha MPs of DMK, Samajwadi Party, NCP, TMC and Left parties to move a motion against justice Dipak Misra. A motion to remove the CJI requires the signatures of a minimum 50 members of the House.
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee extended support for the Opposition’s bid to remove the CJI. She announced her party’s support on the subject after a meeting with senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan. “I can only say that Trinamool Congress will go with whatever decision the other parties take on the impeachment of the CJI. After all, one cannot ignore what the four judges had to say,” Banerjee was quoted as saying.
Besides TMC, the Nationalist Congress Party of Sharad Pawar is learned to have taken efforts to bring Opposition parties together on the issue. “A lot of Opposition parties have signed the draft proposal for moving an impeachment motion against CJI Dipak Misra. Many parties like NCP, Left parties and I think TMC and Congress have also signed it,” NCP General Secretary DP Tripathi told ANI. The draft petition argued that CJI Misra has not properly addressed the issues flagged by the four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court, reported The Indian Express.
In January, Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury had said that his party was contemplating to bring an impeachment motion against justice Misra in the Budget Session of Parliament. In an unprecedented press conference, four senior-most judges of Supreme Court – Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph – said that “things are not in order” at the Supreme Court. One of the key points raised by the four judges was the “selective” allocation of cases by the CJI.
The judges released an undated letter they wrote to Justice Misra in which they conceded that the Chief Justice was the master of the roster but this was “not a recognition of any superior authority, legal or factual of the Chief Justice over his colleagues”. Asked if they were seeking impeachment of the CJI, Justice Chelameswar said: “We are not saying anything. Let the nation decide.”