Two Members of Parliament (MPs) from the Congress - Pratap Singh Bajwa from Punjab and Amee Yajnik from Gujarat - have moved the Supreme Court against the rejection of the removal notice given by the Opposition against Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Indian Express reports.
In their plea, the two members have claimed that the Rajya Sabha chairman does not have any option but to constitute a committee to investigate the allegations against the CJI once the required number of MPs sign the motion.
Naidu had on 24 April rejected the notice signed by 71 MPs and submitted to him by the Congress on 20 April. The Vice President had cited the absence of any “proved misbehaviour” against the CJI to dismiss the request. Congress leader and former Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal had termed Naidu’s order as “unprecedented, illegal, ill-advised and hasty”.
Sibal and advocate Prashant Bhushan mentioned the plea for urgent listing before Justice Chelameswar and said that the senior-most judge can direct for the listing of the petition as the impeachment notice was against the CJI.
The apex court bench of Justices Jasti Chelameswar and S K Kaul did not pass any order and asked the Congress leaders to “come back tomorrow”.
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