CJI impeachment row: Venkaiah Naidu hits back at criticism, says decision not taken in haste

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Updated: April 24, 2018 5:50:59 PM

A day after the Opposition led by the Congress mounted a full-frontal attack on the Vice President for rejecting a motion to impeach CJI Dipak Misra, Venkaiah Naidu, who is also the Rajya Sabha Chairman, has responded to the allegations that the decision was taken in haste.

 CJI, chief justice of india, impeachment row, Venkaiah Naidu, cji impeachment motion, congress, dipak misra, kapil sibal?Decision to reject impeachment motion against CJI was not hasty, came after over a month of ?due diligence?,? Naidu said.

A day after the Opposition led by the Congress mounted a full-frontal attack on the Vice President for rejecting a motion to impeach CJI Dipak Misra, Venkaiah Naidu, who is also the Rajya Sabha Chairman, has responded to the allegations that the decision was taken in haste. Naidu said that decision came after a month of due diligence. “Decision to reject impeachment motion against CJI was not hasty, came after over a month of ‘due diligence’,” Naidu said. He added that his decision maintained strict conformity with provisions of Constitution and Judges Inquiry Act. “I had responsibility cast on me. I have done my job and am satisfied with it,” he said. Lashing out at MPs, the vice-president said that the RS Chairman’s office “not a mere post office” but a constitutional functionary.

He further said that truth prevails, adding, that he has done “the just thing in the best possible manner expected of me”. Naidu observed that the Chief Justice of India is the highest judicial functionary of the country and stressed that any issue in public domain concerning him requires to be resolved at the earliest following prescribed procedures so as to prevent the atmosphere from being further vitiated, PTI reported, citing sources. Naidu’s order was criticised as “hasty, illegal and illinformed” by the Congress.

The Congress and a number of Opposition parties suffered a major jolt as Naidu on Monday rejected the notice to impeach CJI Misra, citing lack of substantial merit in it. The RS Chairman made his decision after holding extensive consultations with top legal and constitutional experts, including former chief justices and judges.

Naidu, in his order, said that he had detailed personal conversation on all the aspects arising from the notice and that he considered each of the allegations made in the motion individually as well as collectively. In his order, the upper house chairman said that the “motion does not deserve to be admitted, on careful analysis and reflection, I find there is virtually no concrete verifiable imputation.”

The order also slammed MPs and said they were unsure of their own case. “The Hon’ble Members of Parliament who have presented the petition are unsure of their own case. Page 1 of the petition uses phrases such as “the facts and circumstances relating to the Prasad Education Trust case show prima facie evidence suggesting that the Chief Justice of India ‘may have been’ involved in a conspiracy of paying illegal gratification ….,” his order said.

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