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Congress leader Ashwini Kumar says impeachment motion against CJI could have been avoided

Opposing his party’s decision to move an impeachment motion against the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, Congress leader and former union minister Ashwani Kumar said the move could have been avoided.

Ashwani Kumar then said if he would have been a Member of Parliament and had been given the paper to sign, he would not have signed it.

He said he does not like to get into the merits of the controversy. He then said impeachment is the extreme remedy and it is an unprecedented move.

On Friday, the opposition parties led by Congress moved the impeachment motion in the Rajya Sabha seeking the removal of CJI Misra under Article 217 read with article 124 (4) of the Constitution of India. The motion was signed by 64 sitting members of the House.

As per Article 124 (4), “A Judge of the Supreme Court shall not be removed from his office except by an order of the President passed after an address by each House of Parliament supported by a majority of the total membership of that House and by a majority of not less than two-thirds of the members of that House present and voting has been presented to the President in the same session for such removal on the ground of proved misbehaviour or incapacity.”

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