Opposition May Move Impeachment Motion Against CJI Dipak Misra Today
Leaders of various parties on Thursday held hectic parleys over moving the
motion, the first one to be ever moved against a sitting chief justice.


Updated:April 5, 2018, 11:59 PM IST

Opposition May Move Impeachment Motion Against CJI Dipak Misra Today
File photo of CJI Dipak Misra.

New Delhi: Leaders of opposition parties were in active discussion on
Thursday over moving an impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India
Dipak Misra and might move a notice for it before the Rajya Sabha chairman
on Friday, the last day of the budget session.

Leaders of various parties on Thursday held hectic parleys over moving the
motion, the first one to be ever moved against a sitting chief justice. 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

In another meeting, top Congress leaders are learnt to have discussed the
issue with TMC leaders, though leaders of both the parties avoided saying

With only one day left for the budget session of Parliament to end, hectic
parleys were also held with leaders of other opposition parties and
signatures of some more MPs are being taken.

It is learnt that the numbers were being reworked, as some MPs who signed
earlier, their tenure ended on April 2. These include some MPs from the SP,
BSP and the Congress, it is learnt.

The opposition is giving final touches to the motion and it may be moved as
early as Friday, a senior opposition leader said.

Another opposition leader, who has signed for the motion, said there was no
confusion on the impeachment motion as there are enough number of MPs who
have signed.

Asked about the delay, he said, "You should ask the Congress party." The
sources said there was some ambiguity on the issue as some top leaders
within the Congress were not comfortable moving the motion against the CJI.

"The entire opposition is in discussion on the issue," said Congress
spokesperson Raj Babbar, when asked at the AICC briefing in Parliament on
whether an impeachment motion is being moved 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," he
told reporters.

Asked if the motion would be moved tomorrow as only one more day is left
for the session, Babbar said, "Don't treat this as one day. The government
is already rattled with only one day left. There are still 38 hours left
for this session."

The sources add that once the impeachment motion is forwarded to the Rajya
Sabha chairman, carrying signatures of at least 50 MPs of the Upper House,
the chairman will examine its merits.

If the chairman does not find prima facie merit in the motion, he can
outright reject the same. However, if he finds merit in it, he can refer
the same to a three-member committee to further examine the same, an expert
handling the issue said.

This will be the first time an impeachment motion against the sitting Chief
Justice of India will be moved in the country's history.


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Reading list: Eight articles on the judicial crisis that has led to an
impeachment campaign
The CPI(M) has been lobbying for an impeachment motion against the chief
justice of India after four senior judges expressed concern over his

Reading list: Eight articles on the judicial crisis that has led to an
impeachment campaign
Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra | PTI

Several Opposition parties in the country are likely to introduce an
impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra in the Rajya
Sabha on Thursday, reports said. On Tuesday, top Opposition leaders held a
meeting to formulate their stand on the proposal, The Times of India quoted
unidentified party officials as saying.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) chief Sitaram Yechury has been lobbying
to garner support for an impeachment motion after four senior judges of the
Supreme Court – Jasti Chelameswar, Rajan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian
Joseph – held an unprecedented press conference on January 12 to express
concerns about the court’s functioning under Misra.

Most parties, including the Congress, have been tight-lipped about their
role in the impeachment motion. The Nationalist Congress Party and the
Communist Party of India (Marxist) are two of the few who have gone on
record to acknowledge their participation. Nationalist Congress Party
leader DP Tripathi said he had signed draft petition, ANI reported.

An impeachment motion requires the signatures of at least 50 members in the
Upper House or 100 MPs of the Lok Sabha and must be submitted to the
presiding officer of either House, who will set up a committee to examine
it. Only if the committee is convinced that the motion has merit will it be
debated and voted on. To pass, the motion must be supported by the majority
membership of the House and not less two-thirds of the members present and

Here are eight articles on crisis in the Indian judiciary.

1. What happened in the Supreme Court on Friday (and what is the MCI
bribery case)?: In a heated proceedings on November 10, Chief Justice Dipak
Misra said a bench would be formed to hear petitions seeking independent
probe into the case.

2. ‘The Supreme Court has ended as an institution’: 10 reads on November’s
judicial drama: Allegations of impropriety and heated arguments gave legal
commentators plenty to chew on this week.

3. Full text: ‘The Chief Justice is only the first amongst the equals –
nothing more or nothing less’: Four Supreme Court judges wrote this letter
to the Chief Justice of India asking him to address a crisis, but they say
it has remained unanswered.

4. Chelameswar letter text: ‘Bonhomie between judiciary, government sounds
death knell to democracy’: In a letter to Chief Justice Dipak Misra on
March 21, Justice Chelameswar sought a full court sitting to discuss
government interference in the judiciary

5. Congress considering option of moving impeachment proceedings against
Chief Justice  Dipak Misra: A senior lawyer who the Congress consulted said
the party would back the four judges who revolted on Friday.

6. The crisis in the Supreme Court will not just blow over. Staying silent
is not the answer:  The potential of the judges’ press conference to become
the beginning of a deep introspection and structural reform seems to be
withering away.

7. It isn’t just the Supreme Court that’s divided – the Bar is, too: While
most of lawyers’ associations wanted the matter to be resolved internally,
the solutions suggested differed.

8. As Chief Justice Dipak Misra is backed into a corner, the Indian
judiciary’s authority is at stake: The Congress is moving to impeach him
while Justice J Chelameswar wants a full court sitting to discuss the
executive’s interference in judicial functioning.

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