Prashant Bhushan meets Mamata Banerjee about moving possible impeachment motion against CJI: Reports
Leaders of the Congress, the Trinamool Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party and the CPI(M) discussed the matter last week.
Advocate Prashant Bhushan on Tuesday met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to discuss an impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, The Hindu reported.
Last week, leaders of the Congress, the Trinamool Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) had discussed the possibility of moving an impeachment motion against Misra in Parliament, The Economic Times reported, quoting an unidentified senior Opposition leader. He added that the discussions would go on.
The leaders felt that Misra has not adequately addressed concerns raised by four senior Supreme Court judges at a press conference on January 11. The judges had questioned the allocation of cases by the chief justice and said their attempts to get Misra “to take steps to protect the institution” of the Supreme Court had gone unanswered.
In January, both the Congress and the CPI(M) had said that they were considering the option of impeachment proceedings against Misra. The Opposition leader told The Economic Times on Monday that the motion could be moved during the ongoing Parliament session, in the Rajya Sabha if the proposal is signed by 50 MPs.
“We don’t see any credible sign of the chief justice still taking initiatives to address extremely vital issues regarding the independent functioning of the top court,” the leader said. “Understandably, we are concerned, and there is a growing feeling that in the given situation, bringing an impeachment motion against Misra may become inevitable.”
The impeachment draft is ready, and the Congress as well as the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party have signed it, reported Times Now.