VEEP SAVES CJI FROM IMPEACHMENT If the moveably Congress to impeach CJI Dipak Misra, is to send a message to the political world that judges can be cowed down by the threat of impeachment, Than equally alarming is the message in Vice President Venkaiah Naidu rejection of the impeachment that a judge can be “protected”.

 

“The phrases used by the Hon’ble Members of Parliament themselves indicate a mere suspicion, a conjecture or an assumption. The same certainly does not constitute proof ‘beyond reasonable doubt’, which is required to make out a case of ‘proved misbehavior’.”

 

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Monday rejected the impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra by seven opposition parties.

“Never in the history has this happened. It is illegal because the chairman has passed an order which is required to be passed after full-fledged inquiry,” Congress spokesperson Kapil Sibal said calling Rajya Sabha Chairman’s decision unprecedented, ill-advised, hasty and illegal

If the move by Congress to impeach CJI Dipak Misra,  is to send a message to the political world that judges can be cowed down by the threat of impeachment, than equally alarming is the message in Vice President Venkaiah Naidu rejection of the impeachment that a judge can be “protected”.

 

 

“I will not appear in the Chief Justice’s court from tomorrow onwards… till he retires because that is consistent with the highest standards of my profession,” said Sibal.

 

He said that presenting a motion was the MP’s privilege. He said that Naidu wrote in his order that the Opposition’s charges are not proven, however, by rejecting the notice they ensured that an enquiry does not happen.

Sibal said that the onus of proving the charges was not on the MPs, it was on the judicial committee formed after the motion was admitted.

 

 

 

Kapil Sibal was soon found contradicting his earlier stance 8 years back when Congress ran the show.

 

Asked to explain the wide gap in his stand then-and-now, Mr. Sibal told NDTV today: “I never changed my point. I still say so.”

 

Maybe this BBC Hindi cartoon sums up the impeachment activity that started Friday and ended today.