Live: Congress says Venkaiah Naidu doesn’t have mandate to decide merits of CJI motion
Seven opposition parties led by the Congress had last week moved a notice before Venkaiah Naidu for removal of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. Here are the live updates:india Updated: Apr 23, 2018 12:16 IST
Vice-president and Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday rejected the Opposition parties’ notice for removal of Chief Justice Dipak Misra.
The parties, led by the Congress, had on April 20 submitted a motion signed by 64 sitting parliamentarians for the removal of Misra on five grounds of alleged “misbehaviour”.
Naidu had reportedly consulted legal and parliamentary experts, including the attorney general and a former Supreme Court judge, before rejecting the Opposition notice.
Here are the live updates:
12:15pm: Eminent jurist and former attorney general Soli Sorabjee welcomes Naidu’s decision to reject the impeachment notice against CJI Dipak Misra, saying he has “rightly applied his mind”.
11:40am: Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Sujrewala says the Rajya Sabha chairman cannot “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’”.
2/3— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) April 23, 2018
Within hours of 64 MP’s submitting the impeachment motion, Leader of Rajya Sabha(FM) had expressed naked prejudice by calling it a ‘revenge petition’ virtually dictating the verdict to Rajya Sabha Chairman on that day.
Has ‘Revenge Petition’ now become ‘Rescue Order’?
3/3— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) April 23, 2018
RS Chairman can’t decide on merits in absence of quasi judicial or administrative power (M.Krishna Swami’s case).
If all charges were to be proved before inquiry as RS Chairman suggests, Constitution & Judges (Inquiry) Act will have no relevance.
Don’t muzzle Constitution
11:20am: The Congress is likely to move the Supreme Court against the order of the Rajya Sabha chairman in the matter, PTI reports quoting party sources.
11am: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy says the vice-president has taken the right decision in rejecting the Opposition motion. “He (Naidu) need not have taken two days to make the decision. It should have been considered null and void and thrown out from the beginning. Congress has committed suicide by doing this.”