Congress To Move SC On Naidu’s Decision To RejectImpeachment Move

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New Delhi: Rejecting the Congress-led opposition’s notice for removal of CJI DipakMisra, RajyaSabha chairman and Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said that there was no “substantial and verifiable” evidence of wrongdoing, but the cloud of controversy hanging over the Supreme Court refused to go away as the Congress announced that it would challenge the order in the Supreme Court.
 “I am of the view that the allegations are neither tenable nor admissible,” Naidu said in his order, adding that “allegations emerging from the present case have a serious tendency of undermining the independence of the judiciary”.
Rejection of the controversial move failed to stanch the lacerating controversy over CJI Misra in particular and the top rungs of the judiciary in general. Congress, the main force behind the widely criticised move, was unfazed and slammed Naidu’s order as “illegal, ill-advised and hasty”. Announcing that they would challenge the order in the SC, Congress’s KapilSibal said CJI Misra should not involve himself in the “listing and hearing” petition against Naidu’s order.

Significantly, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi referred to the January 12 press conference by the four seniormost judges of the SC — an unprecedented development that the party has repeatedly cited to justify its move against the CJI — at a rally he addressed hours after Naidu’s order as part of a “Save the Constitution” campaign.
BJP, however, applauded Naidu and slammed Congress for its “intimidatory tactics”. Party chief Amit Shah launched a scathing attack on the opposition party’s move and called it a “despicable attempt” to weaken the country’s democratic institutions.
Independent experts like K Parasaran, who served as attorney general in Congress regimes, and others also supported swift rejection of the motion seeking the CJI’s removal.

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