Impeachment notice against CJI is politically motivated, says ASG

"A day after Supreme Court trashes PIL movers as carrying politically vested interests, it entertains a PIL to gag the media for reporting on CJI's impeachment!" "There is nothing like impeachment of a Judge". There were divisions within the Congress, with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh staying away from the move and senior Supreme Court advocate Salman Khurshid expressing reservations.

"The press conference by leaders of Congress and other parties and making public the contents of their Notice of Impeachment Motion against the CJI is a clear violation of provisions of Handbook for Members of Rajya Sabha", the official has pointed out in a communication to the Chairman's Office. The Indian publication also quoted sources as saying that INC might also move the top court in India if the impeachment motion is rejected.

"Even on an issue that effects the very edifice of the Judiciary, the two Bhakt channels are running BJP's discourse instead of informing the people about the reasons for the proposed #Impeachment motion against the CJI", Surjewala wrote in another tweet.

"It is purely party politics".

It seems like The Aam Aadmi Party is among those who have backed out from supporting the move.

"Any impeachment motion", Justice Reddy said, "is definitely political in its nature".

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"But in the present case, they are dragging - may be unintentionally - the judiciary into party politics, which is risky".

Misra came under a cloud in January when the four next highest-ranking judges in the Supreme Court criticised his distribution of cases and raised concerns about judicial appointments.

"I hope not and believe not... impeachment is too serious a matter to be played with on the grounds of disagreement with any judgment or with any point of view of the court. There have to be other mechanisms in place to deal with such problems", Justice Chelameswar had said in an interaction with TV host Karan Thapar. If things do not turn out in their favour, the opposition parties do not hesitate in attacking constitutional bodies such as the Election Commission and the judiciary, the minister said.

He said that the Congress had targeted the judiciary - the only organ of the State which has credibility - and it would hurt the country.

While the notice for impeachment bears 71 signatures, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said they have requested the chairman to exclude the names of seven of them as they have retired from the Upper House.


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