Yesterday (April 19th), Congress had faced a massive embarrassment after judge Loya case verdict, that went against their favour. The Supreme Court had dismissed a plea seeking an independent probe into the death of CBI special judge BH Loya. Rattled by this, the opposition parties had organised a meeting to discuss their future course of action.
Former PM Manmohan Singh goes against the Congress party!
Now, they have come up with their plan to impeach the CJI Deepak Misra. To execute this move, 7 political parties have combined which includes Congress, SP, BSP, CPM, CPI, Muslim League. But to add to the twist, former PM Mr Manmohan Singh and a half a dozen Congress leaders have denied to support the impeachment move.
This move of Mr Manmohan Singh was widely appreciated by the Indians and claimed that former PM finally showed some spine against the conspiracy of the Congress party. But the Congress leaders have justified this by saying that they have purposefully haven’t involved Mr Manmohan Singh. Sibal said the party didn’t involve Manmohan because of his stature as former Prime Minister of the country.
“We didn’t involve him, he is an ex-PM,” said Sibal.
Huge embarrassment for Congress!! ?
Former PM Manmohan Singh shows SPINE & REFUSES to sign the irresponsible #Impeachment Motion of Congress against CJI Dipak Misra #ImpeachmentMotion#ManmohanSingh #CJIDipakMisra #CJIUnderSeige #DipakMisra pic.twitter.com/8blLdStfbO
— Rosy (@rose_k01) April 20, 2018
Even the senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Salman Khurshid opposed the move of Congress party-led impeachment motion by saying,
- Impeachment is too serious a matter to be played with frivolously on the grounds of disagreement with any judgement or point of view of the Court. I am not a party to or privy with discussions that have taken place between different parties. For me to reflect specifically on whether the grounds are justified would be unfair.
- I don’t think anyone should cast aspersions on the judiciary. Not everyone will agree with the judiciary. The judiciary, in fact, doesn’t agree with itself sometimes. But this is a procedure, we should respect it.
What the law says?
The Article 124 (4) of the Constitution outlines the process of impeachment for the Chief Justice of India on the ground of proven misbehaviour or incapacity.
“A Judge of the Supreme Court shall not be removed from his office except by an order of the President passed after an address by each House of Parliament supported by a majority of the total membership of that House and by a majority of not less than two-thirds of the members of that House present and voting has been presented to the President in the same session,” the article says.
Former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee said one cannot bring an impeachment motion against a judge “because you think he has given wrong judgment… Impeachment can be only be on ground of misbehaviour”.
But it is clear that the CJI Deepak Misra has not misbehaved anywhere, in fact, he has given bold verdicts.
- Congress is threatening not just the CJI but even the others judges, says BJP!
BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi not just said that the opposition was “undermining the constitution” but also said that the Congress-led opposition is threatening the judges. “The message is clear: either you pass verdicts according to us or we will move impeachment motions against you. The way these people are criticizing the government is unfortunate. The Congress and some of those standing against the BJP are disrespecting the judiciary over the Loya case. There should be some restraint against it”, she said.
- The Congress is weaponless and even it knows that its attempt to eliminate CJI Deepak Misra will backfire!
To add to this, even the verdict on the Mecca Masjid blast changed the game in favour of the BJP. A National Investigation Agency (NIA) Special Court at Nampally in Hyderabad, citing lack of evidence, acquitted five accused, including Naba Kumar Sarkar alias Swami Aseemanand, in the case of the bomb attack on the Mecca Masjid in the city 11 years ago. So, the “saffron terrorism” term has fallen flat. This has put Congress in deep trouble in the poll-bound Karnataka state.