M mulls impeachment motion against Chief Justice Misra

Henrietta Strickland
January 24, 2018

Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury has said that the party would move an impeachment motion in Parliament during the ensuing Budget Session for impeaching Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. "It is time for the legislature to play its role along with the executive", said Yechury. "We are discussing with opposition parties on the possibility of an impeachment motion against the CJI in the Budget session", Yechury said.

The Budget Session of the Parliament will start on January 29.

In an unprecedented move on January 12, four senior Supreme Court judges addressed the media to place before the nation their concerns, which, according to them, failed to move the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.

A majority in the Congress is, however, opposed to any impeachment as its president Rahul Gandhi decided against any such action after consultations with legal luminaries in the party, including P Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, on the very day the four judges revolted. The Supreme Court Bar Association also met the Chief Justice and other judges. In Lok Sabha, the opposition, with its limited numbers, will find it impossible to find the numbers it needs. While the motion for Ramaswami's impeachment fell through because the Congress did not vote for the motion, Sen resigned after the Rajya Sabha voted to impeach him. The CPM had 7 seats in Rajya Sabha, the NCP has 5.

The Congress till now is not inclined to taking the impeachment route, sources in the party have said. Sharad Yadav was disqualified from the Rajya Sabha following his rebellion a year ago. The government had indicated that the rift is an internal matter of the judiciary.

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