M mulls impeachment motion against Chief Justice Misra

Ross Houston
January 25, 2018

So far, the CPM had not called for impeaching the Chief Justice over the charges made by four senior Supreme Court judges.

"The CPI (M) is discussing with other opposition parties the possibility of bringing an impeachment motion against the CJI", Yechury told reporters at the Left partys headquarters here.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) Sitaram Yechury on January 23 mentioned that his party is thinking over bringing an impeachment motion against CJI Dipak Misra in Budget Session of Parliament, along with the opposition parties.

He met NCP leader Tariq Anwar and rebel JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav to discuss the issue.

The CPI (M) leader felt that even though almost two weeks have passed since the four senior judges raised issues against the CJI, the crisis has not been resolved within the judiciary.

On January 12, four senior-most Supreme Court judges held a press conference raising questions on "selective" allocation of cases to certain Benches. "It needs to be looked at from the highest levels of the Supreme Court", he said, adding, "Points raised by the honourable judges need to be looked into carefully". We want the integrity and the independence of the judiciary to be established. We will be moving towards impeachment motion. Impeachment of the Chief Justice of India is a complicated process that involves a presidential order backed by majority support in both houses of parliament for an address and a vote. And in the wake of the issues raised by the four senior judges, we had hoped that the issues will be resolved within the judiciary. Only when the Opposition sits together for a floor strategy meeting ahead of the budget session and discusses it, can we say anything.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already said that the government and political parties must stay out of the issue since the judiciary is capable of resolving its problems. I think by the time Parliament opens on January 29, the matter will be very clear.

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