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CPI-M garners support for impeachment of Chief Justice of India

Tuesday January 23, 2018 10:47 PM, & Agencies

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New Delhi:
A day after failing to convince party colleagues to strike a deal with Congress in upcoming elections, especially the 2019 General Elections, Sitaram Yechury is on another mission.

According to reports, Yechury has met Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Tariq Anwar and Janata Dal (U) leaded Sharad Yadav as part of CPI-M's plan to impeach Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.

Reports said that the CPI-M wants to bring the impeachment motion against CJI Dipak Misra during the budget session and Sitaram Yechury's meeting with Anwer and Yadav was aimed at building consensus among opposition parties.

"It appears that the Supreme Court crisis is not resolved yet. So we need to intervene", Yechury said.

"It's time to play the role of the executive. We are discussing with opposition parties on the possibility of an impeachment motion against the CJI in the Budget session," he added.

Calling it a "very serious matter for democracy" and a "dangerous situation", the senior Left leader said the plan to impeach CJI Misra is being discussed among the opposition parties.

"Suggestions have come from other opposition parties that we should consider an impeachment motion. Discussions are on," Yechury was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India.

"By the time the parliament session begins on January 29, something concrete will emerge," he added.

The move followed a press conference by four of the most senior judges of the Supreme Court wherein they said their decision to go public was motivated in part because cases of "far reaching consequences" were being assigned inappropriately by the Chief Justice of India, who is the 'Master of the rolls".

Sharing the letter addressed to CJI Dipak Misra with the media, Justice Chelameswar and his colleagues - Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph, said, "The Chief Justice of India has left us with no option but to go public about what is going on within the Collegium."

"An independent judiciary is essential for a functioning democracy, they said.

Asked if they believed the Chief Justice should be impeached, they said, "Let the nation decide."

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