Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Monday hit out at Rajya Sabha chairperson and Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu for rejecting the impeachment notice against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and said he was not surprised by the latter’s decision. Taking to Twitter, Singhvi said, “Expectedly, Sh Naidu rejected imp’ment motion. Unexpectedly, he did so within one day of returning from outstn. Hopefully, the alacrity was not intended to render infructuous calls for CJI to stop Admn work. “The reaction came minutes after Naidu rejected the notice saying it lacked ‘substantial merit’.
Seven Opposition parties, led by the Congress, had sought the impeachment of CJI Dipak Misra accusing him of corruption, misusing his authority and failing to protect the independence of the judiciary. Leaders of the seven parties met with Vice-President Naidu last week and handed over a notice bearing signatures of 64 MPs and seven former MPs, who recently retired. Trinamool Congress and the DMK were not part of the move.
CJI Dipak Misra impeachment: The five charges and 10 observations rejecting them
On Friday seven opposition parties submitted to vice president M Venkaiah Naidu, chairman of Rajya Sabha, a notice for a motion of impeachment against CJI Deepak Misra. On Monday Naidu refused to admit the notice of motion. Read | The five charges and 10 observations rejecting them
Congress to move Supreme Court against V-P's order
Kapil Sibal, in his press conference, said the charges against CJI Dipak Misra are grave and the Congress will move Supreme Court against Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu's decision to reject the impeachment motion. "We'll certainly file a petition (in Supreme Court) against this & would want the CJI to not take any decision with respect to it, be it the listing or anything else, we'll accept whatever SC decides," he said.
Sibal slams rejection of impeachment motion
Kapil Sibal termed Venkaiah Naidu's decision to reject impeachment motion illegal, unprecedented, and hasty. He further said the government appears to be in a tearing hurry to block the attempts at an enquiry.
Congress holds press conference over rejection of impeachment motion
Congress leader and senior advocate Kapil Sibal addressed a press conference in response to the objections raised by Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu in his order rejecting the impeachment motion against the Chief Justice of India.
Grateful to VP Naidu: Meenakshi Lekhi
Welcoming the decision, BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said the vice-president applied his mind and gave a detailed order. "I must express my gratefulness to the vice-president who has applied his mind and gave a detailed order. The second aspect is regarding the complaint itself. It is a major wrong. The language itself in which it has been drafted says it appears, prima facie it appears, it looks," she said.
Issues raised not of 'sufficient gravity and rightly rejected': Fali Nariman
Eminent jurist Fali S Nariman said the issues raised in the impeachment notice against the CJI were not of "sufficient gravity and rightly rejected" by the vice-president. "When you have a man like the chief justice of the Supreme Court, it (impeachment notice) has to have something that is far more important than just saying he did not do this or that. The vice president has the statutory authority and he has rightly rejected the notice," Nariman said.
Supreme Court being muzzled, crushed: Rahul Gandhi
In a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said, "The Supreme Court is being muzzled and crushed. People have lost faith in the judiciary."
This can't be considered a wise act: Justice (Retd) RS Sodhi
You know you don't have any ground, you know you can't impeach him. In spite of knowing all that still you go on & plunge in this ill-advised move. This can't be considered as a wise act: Justice (Retd) RS Sodhi on rejection of Impeachment Notice against CJI by VP Venkaiah Naidu. pic.twitter.com/WSoClgg65K— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2018
Here is what Venkaiah Naidu said:
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu rejected the notice submitted by seven opposition parties for a motion for the impeachment of Chief Justice of India citing “absence of credible and verifiable information”. “In the absence of credible and verifiable information placed before me which gives an indication of ‘misbehaviour’ or ‘incapacity’, it would be an inappropriate and irresponsible act to accept statements which have little empirical basis. As heirs to an illustrious democratic tradition and custodians of the present and future of democratic polity, we should, in my view, collectively strengthen and not erode the foundations of the grand edifice bequeathed to us by the Constitution makers. We cannot allow any of our pillars of governance to be weakened by an thought, word or action. ..In the end after having perused annexures to the motion and having detailed consultations and having studied the opinions of Constitutional experts, I am satisfied that admission of this Notice of Motion is neither desirable nor proper,” Naidu wrote in a 10-page order refusing to admit the notice of the motion.
Such hurry in rejection was not needed: Shiv Sena's Arvind Sawant
Both the parties are playing dirty politics & the way the impeachment notice was rejected is also political. He could have waited, such hurry in rejection was not needed: Arvind Sawant, Shiv Sena on Venkaiah Naidu's rejection of Impeachment Notice against CJI Dipak Misra. pic.twitter.com/1oCL65DqkL— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2018
We have privilege to move the motion under the Constitution: Kapil Sibal
Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal had earlier told The Indian Express that it would be a breach of privilege if the chairman rejected the notice. "According to me, it would be a breach of privilege (if the chairman rejects it) because we have a privilege to move the motion under the Constitution. That’s a serious issue again. That is something we will have to consider," he said. READ FULL INTERVIEW HERE
Naidu has rightly applied his mind: Soli Sorabjee
Eminent jurist and former Attorney General of India Soli Sorabjee welcomed the decision to reject the impeachment notice against CJI Dipak Misra, saying Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu had "rightly applied his mind". "The vice-president has applied his mind. He has consulted legal experts and has come to a decision. We did not want the matter hanging indefinitely. He has gone into the matter and has found no merit in it and no ground for impeachment, therefore, he rejected it," he said.
Don't muzzle Constitution: Surjewala
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
Has ‘Revenge Petition’ now become ‘Rescue Order’, asks Surjewala
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’?
Fight between forces ‘Rejecting Democracy’ and voices ‘Rescuing Democracy’: Randeep Surjewala
While reiterating that the Rajya Sabha chairman cannot adjudge the notice, AICC spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, "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’."
Constitutional process of impeachment is set in motion with 50 MP’s giving the motion.— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) April 23, 2018
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’.
Dipak Misra will not be able to hear plea if MPs move top court: Tehseen Poonawalla
Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla also said that the impeachment grounds are not for the vice-president to decide upon.
If the MPs move the hon. SC against this rejection of the #ImpeachmentMotion by the #VicePresident #VenkaiahNaidu ji the hon Chief Justice #DipakMisra will not be able to hear the plea or forward it to another bench . This will be decided by the next senior most judge .— Tehseen Poonawalla (@tehseenp) April 23, 2018
Congress may move Supreme Court
According to sources, the Congress is likely to move the Supreme Court against the order of the Rajya Sabha chairman, PTI reported.
Will consult legal experts: PL Punia
This is a really important matter. We don't know what was the reason for the rejection. Congress & other opposition parties will talk to some legal experts & take the next step: PL Punia, Congress on rejection of Impeachment Motion notice against CJI Dipak Misra. pic.twitter.com/8YFu1Fq2tC— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2018
Naidu should have thrown away the notice in the beginning itself: Subramanian Swamy
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, who extended his support to the decision, said, "He (Naidu) has decided correctly. He need not have taken two days to make the decision. It should've been considered null and void and thrown out from the beginning. The Congress had committed suicide by doing this."
He has decided correctly. He need not have taken two days to make the decision. It should've been considered null and void & thrown out from the beginning. Congress committed suicide by doing this: Subramanian Swamy on rejection of #ImpeachmentMotion notice againt CJI Dipak Misra pic.twitter.com/1Q0rYmboJm— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2018
Naidu has now power to say 'charges are not made out': Prashant Bhushan
Reacting to the move, noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan said Naidu has no power to say that "charges are not made out". Taking to Twitter, Bhushan said, "What!! VP Naidu rejects impeachment motion against CJI signed by 64 RS MPs! On what grounds? He has no power to say that charges are not made out."
What!! VP Naidu rejects impeachment motion against CJI signed by 64 RS MPs! On what grounds? He has no power to say that charges are not made out. That's for the inquiry committee of 3 judges. He only has to see if it's signed by >50 MPs & possibly if charges are of misbehaviour— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) April 23, 2018
Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu rejects notice by Opposition
Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu Monday rejected a notice by seven Opposition parties led by the Congress seeking the impeachment of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. Naidu, also the Rajya Sabha Chairman, had consulted legal experts over the weekend following the notice issued by the Opposition members. Naidu rejected the notice saying it lacked ‘substantial merit’. The order comes minutes before the Supreme Court convenes for the day.