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Going public to cost Opposition CJI impeachment?

The Rajya Sabha secretariat is likely to "object" to the Opposition move of making public the content of the impeachment notice against the Chief Justice of India.

Rijiju in a series of tweets slammed the Congress saying, "Since people of India have lost faith in Congress Party, Congress doesn't trust people of India and it's institutions". An impeachment motion in the Rajya Sabha has to be supported by at least 50 MPs of the Upper House, while the number of MPs supporting such a motion in the Lok Sabha is 100.

Addressing the media he said, " Impeachment is a serious issue and the political parties are doing this for political gains.

The opposition parties have submitted a petition with the signatures of over 70 members from Rajya Sabha and accused Misra of "misbehaviour" and "misusing" authority. The leaders of these parties earlier met in Parliament and gave the final shape to the notice for impeachment.

Former CJI Thakur, while refusing to go into the details, told IANS: "This is very unfortunate that the top judiciary is faced with such crisis".

"We were hoping that the anguish of the judges as reflected in their statements to the press would be addressed", senior Congress party leader Kapil Sibal, a senior lawyer himself, told reporters.

The BJP also said that the move was to "degrade and denigrate" the judiciary as the Congress and other parties were getting exposed to the judgments related to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders.

If moved, this will be the first time ever in the country's history that an impeachment would be moved against the Chief Justice of India.

The notice submitted to Naidu argues that lawmakers are entitled to hold the Chief Justice accountable for his actions and that the majesty of the law is more important than the majesty of any office. "Democracy can thrive only when our judiciary stands firm, independent of the executive, and discharges its constitutional functions honestly, fearless, and with an even hand", Sibal said.

The motion, incidentally, has not yet been admitted and the ball is now in the court of Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu.

Describing the move as a political tool of Congress, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, "It is not hard to collect fifty signatures of Rajya Sabha or hundred signatures of Lok Sabha members even on frivolous issues". It is a revenge petition after the falsehood of the Congress Party has been established in the Justice Loya death case. We are all disturbed over what is happening.

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