The two eminent lawyers were trying to impress upon CJI to have such verdicts on the Ram Temple and the cases involving Congress leaders that do not harm the party.
The Congress is trying to present itself as a party devoted to ending corruption with its impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, but till the announcement of the Loya verdict, it was trying to strike a deal with Misra.
Senior party leaders Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi met the CJI on more than one occasion, according to official sources. The two eminent lawyers were trying to impress upon him to have such verdicts on the Ram Temple and the cases involving Congress leaders that do not harm the party. The process, sources said, came to an abrupt halt with the Loya judgment, thus galvanizing the impeachment move.
The grand old party had hurled five charges at the CJI.
The adverse judgment in the Loya case incensed Congress president Rahul Gandhi, sources said, following which the impeachment motion was revived. It needs to be mentioned here that many senior party leaders are opposed to the move against the CJI. They reportedly include former prime minister Manmohan Singh and three former law ministers—Ashwani Kumar, Salman Khurshid, and M. Veerappa Moily.
In the wake of the Loya verdict, the Congress sent a notice to Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu for the removal of Misra. Naidu rejected the notice, saying, “Having considered the material contained in the notice of motion and reflected upon the inputs received in my interaction with legal luminaries and constitutional experts, I am of the firm opinion that the notice of the motion does not deserve to be admitted. Accordingly, I refuse to admit the notice of motion.”
The grand old party had hurled five charges at the CJI. The first one pertained to an alleged bribery case involving the Prasad Education Trust of Lucknow. The trust ran a medical college. In an “act of misbehavior,” the CJI denied permission to prosecute Allahabad High Court judge Narayan Shukla. The second and third charges too related to the trust. The fourth one was a land that the CJI had acquired and later surrendered. The fifth charge was about the “abuse of exercise of power” on the part of the CJI by “misusing his authority as Master of the Roster with the likely intent to influence the outcome.”
Meanwhile, the GOP is not taking the rejection of its notice by Naidu lying down. It has announced that it would move the apex court over the subject.
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How anyone can say that cji was entertaining such discussion with Congress leaders. No honest judge would entertain any discussion with accused party regarding the case. Looks that the author to project BJP as a good party, undermining the integrity of cji.
Congress looks so scary and harmful to India and its democracy. With almost no state in their hands and with only a handful of parliament members, they are this bent on attacking a supreme court judge that too CJI means…
Through every possible step ..
In whatever ways available…
Even with whatever less proof they have…
I really wonder how they would have run indian government all these years…
Even without power, they try in all possible ways to demean and defame Deepak Mishra ji (CJI- the most powerful of judiciary) then how would they have treated common citizen…
No wonder that all judges who were there during UPA rule earlier were all puppets in Congress hand and so no issues were faced till now,( until bjp came to power ) because all previous CJIs listened to Congress and now our Deepak Mishra who is independent in working is not tolerated by Congress n gives problems in ways(even when they don’t rule n when their elected members don’t have enough powers)
Hope Indians see this danger to judiciary.
They are bound to lose the appeal. They know it but are proceeding with it so as tomsave face and convince people they have lost on account of bjp politics and not because their case was not strong.