Supreme Court judges row: Congress legal experts are against move to impeach against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra

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New Delhi | Published: January 25, 2018 9:52:59 AM

Many legal experts have attended the meeting as the party sought to frame its response after Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, in an unprecedented move, publicly aired grievances that questioned the conduct of CJI Misra over the allocation of cases to judges

Supreme Court judges row, Congress, Chief Justice of India, Dipak MisraSupreme Court judges row: Congress legal experts are against move to impeach against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra

Supreme Court judges row: Congress is not likely to move an impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. The legal experts of the Congress have opinioned aganist bringing or supporting an impeachment motion. This has come a day after CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said Opposition parties were ‘considering’ the move citing that this is the only option. It was the only way the legislature could ensure an inquiry into ‘serious issues’ raised by four senior judges of the Supreme Court during the much debated press conference, according to reports.

A Congress meeting was held on January 12. The meeting was chaired by Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Many legal experts have attended the meeting as the party sought to frame its response after Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, in an unprecedented move, publicly aired grievances that questioned the conduct of CJI Misra over the allocation of cases to judges.

“Unless there are proper grounds, you cannot go in for impeachment. Unless there are proper grounds, solid grounds… on concrete terms, you cannot go in for impeachment. There is no sufficient ground…. Unless evidence is available, I don’t think it is proper to go for the impeachment of the CJI…. It is not going to serve the purpose,” former Law Minister M Veerappa Moily told The Indian Express. “It is not a political issue…. Going for the impeachment of the CJI should not be a political issue. It should be a judicial issue,” he added.

On January 12, Attorney General K K Venugopal had said the unprecedented move by the four senior Supreme Court judges in holding a press conference “could have been avoided” and the judges would now have to act in “statesmanship” to ensure complete harmony. Venugopal, who had a meeting with Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra after the press conference, spoke to PTI on much persuation and expressed hope that all judges, including the CJI, would rise to the occasion and “wholly neutralise” the “divisiveness”

“What has happened today could have been avoided. The judges will now have to act in statesmanship and ensure that the divisiveness is wholly neutralised and total harmony and mutual understanding will prevail in future,” he said. “This is what all of us at the bar want and I am sure that the judges, including the CJI, will rise to the occasion,” he said but declined to come out with details of his deliberations with the CJI and others. “I had promised to the judges that I would not speak to the media,” Venugopal said.

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