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Told Rahul Gandhi, Sonia not to move impeachment notice against CJI: Mamata

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said her Trinamool Congress did not want to interfere in the judiciary.

india Updated: Apr 25, 2018 13:29 IST
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Chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee speaks to media in New Delhi.(Burhaan Kinu/HT File Photo)

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has said the Congress was wrong in giving an impeachment notice against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.

The Trinamoool Congress did not support the impeachment notice, she said on Tuesday, adding she had advised Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother, Sonia Gandhi, against the move.

“The Congress wanted us to support it. But we did not,” she told ‘News 18 Bangla’ channel.

“I told Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi not to go for impeachment,” Banerjee said, adding her party did not want to interfere in the judiciary.

Seven opposition parties led by the Congress had last week moved a notice before vice president and Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu for the impeachment of the CJI on five grounds of alleged “misbehaviour”.

The petition was signed by 64 serving members of the Rajya Sabha. A motion to remove the CJI has to have signatures of 50 Rajya Sabha members or 100 Lok Sabha members.

The notice was rejected by Naidu, who based his decision to reject the motion on the opinion of top legal and constitutional experts.

Naidu’s order, which came within two days of the notice being submitted to him, was slammed as “hasty, illegal and ill informed” by the Congress.

The ruling BJP said the Congress party was trying to politicise the issue.

(With PTI Inputs)

First Published: Apr 24, 2018 20:07 IST