Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, arrives at his residence in New Delhi on January 12, 2018. (Photographer: Ravi Choudhary/PTI)

Congress To Move Supreme Court After Naidu Rejects Impeachment Notice Against Chief Justice Of India

The Congress today lashed out at Vice President Venkaiah Naidu for rejecting an impeachment notice filed by opposition parties against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.

The party will move the Supreme Court to challenge the order, Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal told reporters. “The order is unprecedented, illegal, ill-advised and hasty,” Sibal said, adding that it had been passed without a full-fledged enquiry.”

The Congress leader stressed that “never before in India’s history” had a motion moved by members of parliament been dismissed at the preliminary stage. The order shattered the confidence of the people and jeopardised the legal system, he added.

We will ensure the CJI would have nothing to do with this petition.
Kapil Sibal, Senior Congress Leader

Earlier in the day, All India Congress Committee media-in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala had also criticised the decision and said it was a fight between forces "rejecting democracy" and voices "rescuing democracy".

Surjewala said within hours of 64 MPs submitting the impeachment notice, leader of the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley had shown “naked prejudice” by calling it a revenge petition, “virtually dictating the verdict” to the Rajya Sabha chairman.

In a tweet, Congress spokesperson and lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi said Naidu “expectedly” rejected the impeachment motion against Chief Justice Misra and that too within a day of his return to Delhi.

Naidu had earlier today rejected the unprecedented impeachment notice given by opposition parties led by the Congress against CJI Misra, saying it lacked substantial merit and that the allegations were neither "tenable nor admissible".