Cong challenges rejection of impeachment move against CJI Dipak Misra
New Delhi: Opposition leaders today moved the Supreme Court against the rejection of impeachment notice against the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra by Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.
Congress leader and Senior advocate Kapil Sibal mentioned the plea for urgent hearing before Justice Chelameswar. Sibal said the impeachment notice was against Chief Justice of India, hence the senior-most judge can direct for the listing of the petition.
Justice Chelameswar said, there was a Constitution bench verdict on the master of the roster and the petition should be mentioned before the CJI.
The two leaders who have moved the petition are Congress’ Rajya Sabha MPs Pratap Singh Bajwa, who is from Punjab, and Amee Harshadray Yajnik, who is from Gujarat.
Sibal said he was aware of the constitution bench judgment on master of roster but since the impeachment notice concerns the CJI, the senior-most judge of the apex court can order for listing.
“I am aware of the procedure but it can’t be mentioned anywhere else. A person cannot be a judge in his own cause. I am just asking for urgent listing and not seeking any interim relief,” Sibal said.
The Vice-President, last month, had rejected a notice by seven Opposition parties led by the Congress seeking the impeachment of the Chief Justice of India.
The Vice President had rejected the impeachment motion citing the absence of any “proved misbehaviour” or “incapacity” on the part of the senior judge.