New Delhi, May 7: Two Rajya Sabha (RS) Congress party Members of Parliament (MPs) on Monday approached the Supreme Court challenging the Vice President and Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu’s decision to reject the impeachment motion notice against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.
A bench headed by Justice J. Chelameswar told senior counsel Kapil Sibal “come back tomorrow” as the latter mentioned the matter for listing for an early hearing, news agency IANS reported.
Sibal told the apex court that since the matter involved the Chief Justice, it could not be mentioned before him.
He also told the bench that rejection of the notice for impeachment raised “serious constitutional issues” and involved interpretation of constitutional provisions.
Both the Congress MPs claimed in their petition that once the initiation of removal motion is signed by the requisite number of MPs, the Vice-President has no option but shall constitute an Inquiry Committee to investigate the allegations against the CJI Dipak Misra
— ANI (@ANI) May 7, 2018
The petitioner MPs – Pratap Singh Bajwa and Amee Harshadray Yajnik – in their petition said that once the initiation of removal motion is signed by the requisite number of MPs, the Vice-President has no option but shall constitute an Inquiry Committee to investigate the allegations against the CJI.
The opposition had handed over signatures of 71 lawmakers from seven parties on April 20 under Article 217 read with article 124 (4) of the Constitution of India.
Following this, On April 23, Naidu rejected the Impeachment Notice against Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra citing lack of substantial facts.