New Delhi, Apr 20: The Congress on Friday listed out the grounds for moving the impeachment motion in Parliament against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, with former minister Kapil Sibal saying it was done with a heavy heart. Sibal said, “wish this day had never come in the fabric of our constitutional framework.” He alleged that the CJI misused his post as the head of the judiciary, which amounts to “misbehaviour”.
“Since the day he (Dipak Misra) was appointed as CJI there have been questions raised in the manner in which he has dealt with certain cases,” Sibal said in a press conference.
With reference to the questions raised by the four senior-most judges recently on the decisions made by the CJI regarding assigning certain cases, he said that the judiciary’s independence was under threat.
“When the judges of the Supreme Court themselves believe that the Judiciary’s independence is at threat, alluding to the functioning of the office of the CJI, should the nation stand still and do nothing?” he said.
A day after the Supreme Court dismissed a petition for an independent probe into the death of CBI judge BH Loya, Opposition leaders met Vice President Venkaiah Naidu to hand over a notice of impeachment against justice Dipak Misra.
The Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad informed seventy-one MPs signed the impeachment motion. Since seven MPs had since retired, the number stands at sixty-four, which was more than the number required to move an impeachment motion.
In an unprecedented press conference in January, the four judges– Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph–said that things were not in order in the Supreme Court.
“Administration of the Supreme Court is not in order. Many things less than desirable have happened in the last few months. We owe a responsibility to the institution and the nation. We tried to collectively persuade the Chief Justice that certain things are not in order and remedial measures are necessary. Unfortunately, our efforts have failed in convincing the Chief Justice of India to take steps to protect this institution,” Justice Chelameswar had said.