After quietly making preparation, the Congress party and at least four other opposition parties are preparing to move a motion in the Rajya Sabha for the impeachment of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, sources in the know said.
The Congress’ Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad has sought a meeting with Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, who is also the chairperson of the Rajya Sabha, today in this connection.
The opposition is sid to have collected 67 signatures of the Rajya Sabha members for the impeachment motion, which the opposition members are expected to submit to Venkaiah Naidu.
This development come after the Supreme Court ordered on Thursday that there would be no further probe in the death of special CBI court judge BH Loya.
The Congress party had termed the SC order as a “sad letter day’ in Indian judicial history.”
Azad and other opposition leaders are in a meeting in this regard. The meeting started at 11 am today.
Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said his party has signed the impeachment notice and said his party is backing the move.
Rajya Sabha member and Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja confirmed the meeting.
Azad’s meeting with Venkaiah Naidu is scheduled after this meeting. Venkaiah Naidu’s office confirmed a meeting had been sought and time given for noon today.
In addition to the Left parties (both CPM and CPI), Nationalist Congress Party and the Rashtriya Janata Dal are on board the attempt to move the impeachment motion. The Trinamool Congress has, however, not signed the motion.
The impeachment motion can be moved even when Parliament is not in session, and it needs the signature of 50 Rajya Sabha MPs.
“After the motion is moved, the Chair of the House may or may not admit it. If it is admitted, a three member committee is set up to enquire into charges. If it concludes that there is enough reason to impeach the CJI, the House in which the motion was first moved takes it up for discussion and a vote. Once it is passed with a special majority (two-thirds of the members present and voting) in the house, it goes to the second house. If it is passed in both houses, then the address is presented to the President for the removal of the judge, who then passes an order in this regard,” sources said.
However, there is a clear division within the Congress on the issue. CJI Misra retires in October.