Rejection of CJI impeachment notice: Cong MPs move SC

Governance       Venkaiah Naidu’s rejection of CJI impeachment motion politically motivated 2 Congress MPs
       
       	        Maneesh Chhibber         7 May 2018

Governance Venkaiah Naidu’s rejection of CJI impeachment motion politically motivated 2 Congress MPs Maneesh Chhibber 7 May 2018

In a first, a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday a petition by two Congress MPs challenging the dismissal of removal motion against the Chief Justice of India by the Rajya Sabha Chairman on April 23.

The Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, Venkaiah Naidu, had decided not to consider the "impeachment motion" against Justice Misra by opposition parties, pointing out that there was lack of substantial merit in it.

The decision of Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu is "illegal and arbitrary", says a petition by two Congress Parliamentarians.

This sudden development comes after the matter was mentioned today before Justice Jasti Chelameswar.

The issue was raised at the start of the court's work in the morning when Sibal, one of the signatories to the impeachment notice in Rajya Sabha, mentioned the matter for urgent listing before a bench headed by justice Chelameswar, the senior-most after CJI Misra. However, Justice Chelameswar said that since it is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who is the master of the roster, the case must be mentioned before him. Justices Bobde and also Ramana are equally in line for Chief Justice.

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While Justice Sikri, who will head the bench, is number six in the seniority list, others follow him in the sequence of seniority.

Sibal, who himself signed on the motion moved by 64 Opposition Members of Parliament (MP) to remove the CJI, requested a bench of Justices Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul to list the petition urgently as SC Registry was not accepting its request.

In their joint petition, the MPs said that once a removal motion is signed by the requisite number of MPs the RS chairman has no option but to constitute an inquiry committee to investigate the charges. "A person maynot be considered a judge in his own cause", he explained. It has also been prayed that Section 3 (1) of the Judges Inquiry Act be read down, and that the Court issued an order directing the Chairman to expeditiously refer the charges highlighted in the motion to an Inquiry Committee.

Advocate Bhushan, who appeared along with Sibal, said according to rules, the CJI is disabled to pass any order and only the senior-most judge can decide on the listing of the petition.

The Congress in its petition said the decision to reject their impeachment motion by the Vice President reflected "serious infirmity". According to reports, Naidu held extensive consultations with top legal and constitutional experts, including former chief justices and judges, before taking the decision.

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