Venkaiah Naidu rejects impeachment notice against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra

M.K. Venu

M.K. Venu

"We will certainly move a petition in the Supreme Court to challenge this order".

"Aware of the spate of statements in the press that seem to vitiate the atmosphere", he said in his order, "I thought I should. expedite my decision and end the needless speculation". As per reports, the rejection comes after Naidu had consulted a group of legal experts over the motion after he had cut his Hyderabad trip short.

Taking to the microblogging site, another party leader Vivek Tankha said Naidu's order was an anticipated shocker. It said the decision should come "voluntarily" following notice for his removal.

Senior Supreme Court advocate K T S Tulsi, however, disagreed, saying that the charges against Chief Justice Misra needed to be examined as per procedure, which was not done.

"The vice president has applied his mind".

Miffed Cong calls decision "illegal, unprecedented & hasty", will move SC.

"We will accept whatever the court says, but we do not want the CJI to have anything to do with it, be it the listing or anything else", Sibal said. "He (Naidu) has gone into the matter and has found no merit in it and no ground for impeachment, therefore, he rejected it", Sorabjee told a TV channel. The rule and law only says that he can either admit it or reject it.

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Venkaiah Naidu rejects impeachment notice against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra

The views of Sorabjee and Nariman was shared by Justice P B Sawant, who was a judge in the Supreme Court from 1989-1995 and Justice S N Dhingra, former judge of the Delhi High Court.

"It further states that 'the Chief Justice of India appears to have ante-dated an administrative order.' I am mentioning this fact because the phrases used by the Hon'ble Members of Parliament themselves indicate a mere suspicion, a conjecture or an assumption", Naidu's order said.

The Congress also attacked the BJP for coming out in "defence" of the CJI and said the ruling party was compromising the position and office of the chief justice as the neutral arbitrator and head of the judiciary.

There is no denying the fact that Congress is playing the dirty game right now especially after the Justice Loya murder case verdict. "But he has chosen not to do that", Sibal said. There was no proof of charges which were levelled.

The political parties will take their fight to the people. Ms Lekhi said the judiciary is one institution which is respected by all and their independence has to be maintained but the Congress has repeatedly shown that they are institutional disruptors and they can go to any extent to play their dirty politics.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday extended his support to the decision taken Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu to scrap the impeachment motion moved against Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra.

He maintained that the impeachment motion was not meant to insult or lower his dignity but to take the allegation against him to its logical conclusion. In 1993, when impeachment proceedings were initiated in Parliament against Supreme Court judge V Ramaswami on charges of corruption, Mr Sibal had strongly defended the judge in the house.

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