CJI Dipak Misra is likely to face the heat in the coming days. Reason is that the opposition parties including the Congress, Trinamool Congress, Nationalist Congress Party and Samajwadi Party have been deliberating over bringing an impeachment motion against him in the Rajya Sabha, news agency ANI reported.
To move an impeachment motion against the Chief Justice of India, signatures of 100 MPs are needed in Lok Sabha. In Rajya Sabha, signatures of 50 members are required.
There has been an opinion among some opposition parties that key issues raised by the four senior-most judges concerning the functioning of Supreme Court have not been addressed. The four senior-most judges had complained about arbitrary allocation of cases in the Supreme Court at a press conference on January 11.
According to media reports, supporting the opposition’s proposal, Samajwadi Party leader Ghanshyam Tiwari said, “The Samajwadi Party stands with the impeachment motion, which is about bringing independence and unquestionable integrity to the judiciary.”
Recently Nationalist Congress Party leader DP Tripathi had said that that some opposition parties have started putting signatures on a draft proposal for moving an impeachment motion against the CJI. “I have signed it and others are also signing it and the process is going on.”
He said it is not just corruption, but “the charges are far more serious” and it emanates from the letter that four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court had earlier written stating that there was danger to the independence of judiciary.