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Yechury: “If The Chairperson Of The Rajya Sabha Is Going To Decide On The Merits Of A Notice Of Impeachment, Then What Is The Inquiry Panel Supposed To Do?

“The hasty dismissal of notice to impeachment given by MPs of 7 parties is blatantly illegal and unconstitutional,” Yechury said.

CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury has called Rajya Sabha Chairperson Venkaiah Naidu’s decision to block the impeachment motion against the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, “blatantly illegal and unconstitutional”.

“The BJP government is abusing constitutional posts to muzzle all democratic means of redressal. It also happened in the case of the no-confidence motion during the budget session,” Yechury tweeted just hours after Naidu rejected a motion signed by over 60 parliamentarians seeking Justice Misra’s impeachment on five charges. “If this is not the breakdown of the Constitution, then what is?”

Yechury, who was re-elected as the CPI(M) chief on Sunday, put up a strong defence on behalf of the opposition parties. “The hasty dismissal of notice to impeachment given by MPs of 7 parties is blatantly illegal and unconstitutional,” he said.

“If the Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha is going to decide on the merits of a notice of impeachment, then what is the Inquiry panel supposed to do? That’s the reason why no earlier notice for impeachment has been rejected by the Chair so far.”

Yechury also posted a Rajya Sabha video from August 2011 in which Arun Jaitley is seen supporting his call for the impeachment of Justice Soumitra Sen of the Calcutta High Court.

“BJP govt has tried to strangulate the Judiciary, by interfering in appointments of Judges to Supreme Court and High Courts,” Yechury further alleged. “This dismissal of the impeachment notice is another step to destroy the independence of Judiciary.”

“Opposition parties will take recourse to ALL means to ensure that India’s Constitution is protected and implemented in its true spirit,” he added.

Meanwhile, speaking for the Congress, senior leader Kapil Sibal has said that his party will file a petition in the Supreme Court. “We’ll certainly file a petition (in Supreme Court) against this and would want the CJI to not take any decision with respect to it, be it the listing or anything else, we’ll accept whatever SC decides,” he said.

Seventy-one MPs from seven parties have signed the opposition notice. But seven of them have retired since. Senior Congress leaders such as former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and P Chidambaram have not signed the notice.

The opposition backed its demand to launch impeachment proceedings against the CJI, citing five grounds, which, the Congress said, equals misbehavior. “These included the assigning of sensitive cases to handpicked judges, which was raised publicly in January by four top judges who accused the Chief Justice of abusing his position as ‘master of the roster’,” NDTV has said.

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