New Delhi, April 20: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Friday said Chief Justice Dipak Misra has not asserted the independence of the judiciary in the face of pressure by the executive.
Interacting with media over impeachment Motion against CJI, Sibal said: “Democracy can thrive only when the Judiciary stands firm, independent of the executive, and discharges its duty honestly”.
Referring to questions raised by the four senior-most judges of the Apex Court, he stated they themselves believe that the Judiciary’s independence is at threat, alluding to the functioning of the office of the CJI, should the nation stand still and do nothing?
When the judges of the Supreme Court themselves believe that the Judiciary's independence is at threat, alluding to the functioning of the office of the CJI, should the nation stand still and do nothing?: Kapil Sibal, Congress on Impeachment Motion against CJI pic.twitter.com/FynsgVlHrk
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The Congress leader wished that this day had never come in the fabric of our constitutional framework, saying Since the day he (Dipak Misra) was appointed as CJI there have been questions raised in the manner in which he has dealt with certain cases”.
Sibal further said the Chief Justice of India has misused his position and this amounts to misbehavior.
“The constitution has only one way to rectify it. There is no other way forward than to move for the impeachment of the CJI, and we do so with a very sad heart”, the former Union Minister stated.
The Congress and several other opposition parties today met Vice President Venkaiah Naidu at his residence and submitted the impeachment notice against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.
“We have moved an impeachment motion for removal of CJI Dipak Misra under five listed grounds,” Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad told a press conference after meeting Naidu.