New Delhi, Apr 23: In a massive setback to the Congress-led Opposition, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday rejected the impeachment motion moved against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.
The Vice President, who is also Rajya Sabha Chairman, took the decision after he consulted with constitutional and legal experts. On Sunday, he cut short his visit to Hyderabad and reached the national capital to hold deliberations over the notice given by the seven opposition parties. He spoke to former Lok Sabha secretary general Subhash Kashyap, ex-law secretary P K Malhotra and former legislative secretary Sanjay Singh on the issue.
The Congress said it would consult with some legal experts before taking the next step. “This is a really important matter. We don’t know what was the reason for the rejection. Congress and other opposition parties will talk to some legal experts and take the next step,” PL Punia said.
71 Rajya Sabha MPs had signed the motion. 7 MPs had since retired, the number stood at 64, which was 14 more than the number required to move the impeachment motion against the CJI.
The Congress had said after moving the motion that the CJI allegedly abused his power as the chief of the judiciary, which amounted to misbehaviour. The Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad had met the Vice President to hand over the motion. The party later added that the CJI must recuse from judicial work.
The BJP had said the Congress was trying to demean, degrade and denigrate the judiciary by moving the notice.