Published On: Tue, Mar 27th, 2018

Congress circulates draft proposal to move impeachment motion against CJI Dipak Misra

New Delhi: The Congress is making moves to initiate impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.

Some opposition parties have started putting their signatures on the draft proposal

A draft proposal for moving an impeachment motion against the CJI has been circulated by to opposition parties by the Congress.

The draft impeachment motion against the Chief Justice has already been signed by Congress heavyweights, and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has decided to support it, NCP leader and senior advocate Majeed Memon told Times Now.

Another Nationalist Congress Party leader DP Tripathi said that some opposition parties have started putting signatures on a draft proposal for moving an impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.

“Some opposition parties have started putting their signatures on the draft proposal,” he said.

Sources said that the Congress has reportedly been holding several internal meetings to draw a strategy on the impeachment motion.

Informed sources said the Congress, backed by the Left, the NCP, the DMK and other regional parties, is set to move the impeachment motion in Parliament in the next few days after getting the signatures of 50 MPs.

The draft proposal deems “abuse of authority to arbitrarily assign individual cases to select judges” as grounds for moving the impeachment motion against CJI Dipak Misra.

BJP sokesperson Nalin Kohli said the impeachment motion against the CJI is a direct and ill-conceived move to politicise the judiciary. Given the timing of the draft note, the impeachment motion was designed to curtail the Chief Justice’s role in politically-sensitive cases ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Kohli alleged.

It may be recalled that when the four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court had rebelled against the Chief Justice in January this year, they’d listed Misra’s arbitrary way of assigning important cases to benches headed by junior judges as one of their main grievances.

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