Impeachment motion against CJI Dipak Misra moved by Opposition: Top updates

Opposition parties, led by Congress, are meeting Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu today to submit the motion for impeachment of CJI Dipak Misra. Read for latest updates related to the impeachment

Dipak Misra, illustration

The impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra will be given a final shape on Friday at a meeting involving Opposition parties led by the Congress. After the meeting, the Opposition parties are likely to submit the motion to Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has called the meeting, coming days after the party said the option of moving an impeachment motion against CJI Misra was still open. The Opposition parties meeting in Parliament to discuss the matter include the Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the Left parties, the Samajwadi Party (SP), and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), according to sources quoted by news agencies in their reports.

If the parties decide to move the impeachment motion, it would come just a day after a Bench headed by CJI Misra threw out all petitions demanding an independent probe into the death of special CBI judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya, who was conducting a trial in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case – Amit Shah, now the president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was an accused in the case.

Ahead of taking such a step against the CJI, Congress leaders said that the issues raised by four Supreme Court judges had not been addressed yet by Misra. They have said the party was concerned about the independence of the judiciary and that people must protect the institution from “gross interferences by the government”.

Here are the top 10 developments around the Congress and Opposition’s move to bring in an impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra:

1) Opposition parties to meet to firm up impeachment motion against CJI Misra: Opposition parties, led by the Congress, will on Friday meet to give a final shape to the proposed impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and are likely to submit it to Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. Opposition leaders are set to meet Vice-President Naidu at 12 pm today, news agency ANI reported.

Speaking to news agencies, an Opposition leader said, “We will meet today to give final shape to the impeachment motion to be moved against the Chief Justice of India.”

2) Congress, SP, BSP, others working on impeachment motion: The Opposition parties expected to attend the meeting to discuss the impeachment motion include the Congress, the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party, the Rashtriya Janta Dal, the Communist Party of India, and the Nationalist Congress Party.

3) TMC, DMK no longer part of the possible impeachment motion: The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), which were initially in favour of an impeachment motion against the CJI, are no longer part of the initiative, sources told news agencies.

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