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Constitutional posts must be respected, says Rajnath amid debate over CJI removal move

Rajnath Singh’s reaction came in the backdrop of a notice submitted to Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on April 20 by seven opposition parties led by the Congress to impeach CJI Misra

india Updated: Apr 29, 2018 22:31 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Mirzapur
Rajnath Singh,Constitutional posts,Chief Justice of India
Union home minister Rajnath Singh at the Parliament in New Delhi on August 06, 2015. (Sonu Kehta/HT File Photo)

Union home minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday that constitutional posts must be respected and their propriety should not be questioned, amid a raging debate over a demand by a few opposition parties to impeach Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.

“Our government gives full respect to constitutional posts and their jurisdictions. We must respect their decisions,” he said in response to a question by a reporter.

His reaction came in the backdrop of a notice submitted to Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on April 20 by seven opposition parties led by the Congress to impeach CJI Misra.

The unprecedented petition against a sitting chief justice had listed five allegations of “misbehaviour”.

On April 23, Naidu rejected the notice, saying the petition lacked “substantial merit”. He had held consultations with legal and constitutional experts before taking the decision.

The home minister, who was in Mirzapur to attend a wedding, also said that India’s relations with China “is moving in the right direction” and Beijing has assured full cooperation.

“Hence, the preparations going on in areas bordering China will continue,” Singh said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned from China yesterday after holding their first-ever informal meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The meeting has raised hopes of bilateral relation improving following tensions on a host of issues, including the Doklam military standoff last year.

On the Kashmir issue, Singh said the “military action in Kashmir is moving in the right direction and we will continue with this action”.

“We do not believe in expansionist policy and there is no change in our Kashmir policy.”

First Published: Apr 29, 2018 22:31 IST