The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) said it would not throw its weight behind the impeachment motion initiated by seven Opposition parties to oust sitting Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.
“Bringing an impeachment motion against the Chief Justice of the highest judiciary is demeaning. There are no valid grounds in the impeachment notice”, said BJD spokesperson Amar Prasad Satapathy.
Seven political parties- Congress, CPI, CPM, Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Indian Union Muslim League met the Vice President and Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu to submit the impeachment notice. The notice has listed five allegations including misconduct and misuse of authority by Justice Misra. The notice has been signed by 64 sitting MPs and seven Parliamentarians who retired recently.
The impeachment against a sitting Chief Justice of India (CJI) is unprecedented in the country’s history though such notices have been initiated against Supreme Court and High Court sitting judges.
The Opposition’s call for impeachment comes barely a day after the apex court turned down a bunch of petitions demanding a probe into the mysterious Justice Loya death case. Justice Loya was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.
Senior Supreme Court counsel Prashant Bhushan is of the opinion that there is enough evidence to back claims of misuse of authority by the CJI as the master of the roster.
Justice Misra is the 45th Chief Justice of India and the third from Odisha to occupy the country’s highest judicial post. Earlier, Justice Ranganath Misra (21st) and Justice Gopal Ballav Patnaik (32nd) have held the post.