Storm in APN’s premier debate show over notice to Rajya Sabha chairman for proceedings against Chief Justice of India, journalist sees yet another instance of Executive stepping on the toes of Judiciary
Sixty-four legislators from seven opposition parties have served a notice to the chairman of the Rajya Sabha to start impeachment proceedings against the chief justice of India, Dipak Misra. Saturday’s edition of Mudda took up the matter with Anant Tyagi moderating a discussion between Congress spokesperson Surendra Rajput, BJP spokesperson Ashwini Upadhyay, journalist Govind Pant Raju and RP Mishra, former judge in Allahabad High Court.
It is up to the vice-president to allow or disallow the motion, Rajput said. “Also, anyone is free to find out whether the Congress legislators have an ulterior motive in initiating this motion. Let the initiative be judged according to its merit. Let the BJP not be a judge but side with democracy and the Constitution of India,” he said.
Upadhyay had his own points to make. “There are ideological differences between Congress and BJP. Let the discussion happen in the House and then we will take a call. As a matter of fact, everyone is viewing the issue through their own lens. If you lose an election then you blame EVMs. If you lose a case then you blame the chief justice of India. The ulterior motive is to influence the decisions in the Ram Mandir and triple talaq cases. It is just like the time the Congress brought about the Partition of India. Also, it must be remembered that Justice Misra became a Supreme Court judge during Manmohan Singh’s tenure,” he said.
It is clear that the Executive is slowly impinging on the independence of the Judiciary, Raju felt. “The motive is to cast aspersions on the functioning of the Supreme Court. The public is being confused with lies and false propaganda and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has played his part in it. The legislators are not even playing the role of good citizens. What is the point raking up this issue after the dissenting judges in the Supreme Court have themselves fallen silent?” he averred.
—Compiled by Sucheta Dasgupta