New Delhi, April 6: The Leader of the Opposition parties might move a notice for impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra before the Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday, the last day of the budget session. Reportedly, the required number of signatures by Rajya Sabha MPs has been acquired and some more parties are likely to join in today. An impeachment motion against a judge has to be signed by at least 50 Rajya Sabha MPs or 100 Lok Sabha MPs.
Earlier on Thursday, leaders of various parties held hectic discussions over moving the motion. Top legal hands and MPs of the Congress, including some former ministers, held a meeting in the office of the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha on the issue. In another meeting, top Congress leaders are learnt to have discussed the issue with TMC leaders though leaders of both the parties avoided saying anything.
Speaking to news agency PTI, a senior Opposition leader said,” We are giving final touches to the motion and it may be moved as early as Friday.”
Another Opposition leader, who has signed for the motion, said there was no confusion on the impeachment motion as there was enough number of MPs who had signed. On being asked about the delay, the leader blamed the Congress and said,”You should ask them about the delay.”
Sources told the news agency that there was some ambiguity on the issue as some top leaders within the grand old party were not comfortable moving the motion against Misra.
Talking to reporters at the AICC briefing in Parliament, Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar said,”The entire Opposition is in a discussion on the issue ( impeachment motion against the CJI). I cannot give a reply and the way forward on the issue today as it can only be given by the leaders of various parties including the Congress.”
Notably, this will be the first time an impeachment motion against the sitting Chief Justice of India will be moved in the country’s history.
Why an impeachment motion against the sitting CJI?
Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, whose tenure will be completed on October 2, 2018, came under the scanner on January 12 this year when four senior judges of the Supreme Court took the unprecedented step of making public their differences with him over several of what they said were his questionable decisions.