“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”.
Constitutional process of impeachment is set in motion with 50 MP’s giving the motion.
RS Chairman can’t adjudge the motion, for he has no mandate to decide the merits of the motion.
This is truly a fight between forces ‘Rejecting Democracy’ & voices ‘Rescuing Democracy’.
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) April 23, 2018
“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.
If the Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha is going to decide in the merits of a notice of impeachment, then what is the Inquiry panel supposed to do? That's the reason why no earlier notice for impeachment has been rejected by the Chair so far. pic.twitter.com/MVk3daeKT0
— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) April 23, 2018
Kapil Sibal was soon found contradicting his earlier stance 8 years back when Congress ran the show.
“We dont need a system where 50 political guys sign n say a judge is guilty”
— Rajeev Chandrasekhar (@rajeev_mp) April 23, 2018
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.
CARTOON OF THE DAY: क्या सोचकर लाए थे? pic.twitter.com/uvpRjPMINi
— BBC News Hindi (@BBCHindi) April 23, 2018