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Congress using impeachment as political tool: Jaitley

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Accusing the of using as a political tool, Finance Jaitley on Friday said it was a revenge petition to intimidate the judiciary following the Supreme Court's verdict on B.H. Loya's death.

"It (motion) is a revenge petition after the falsehood of the has been established in the Justice case," he said in a post under the heading "Case - The One That Almost Created a Judicial Mutiny."

His comments came after opposition leaders met and submitted an motion for the removal of

"It is an attempt to intimidate a and send a message to other judges that if you don't agree with us, 50 MPs are enough for a revenge action," he said, adding that and "its friends" had started using impeachment as a "political tool".

The said impeachment of a judge was to be done only in the case of either his incapacity or on proven misconduct.

"Trivialising the use of that power is a dangerous event... To use the power as intimidatory tactics when neither you have a case of 'proven misconduct' or the numbers on your side is a serious threat to judicial independence," he said.

It was not difficult to collect 50 signatures of the or hundred signatures of the members even on frivolous issues, he said, referring to the 71 MPs who signed the impeachment motion.

Jaitley said the judgement on Judge Loya exposed the conspiracy to generate falsehood as propaganda in the public and political space and alleged that there was connivance among some politicians, judges, lawyers and media.

"Never ever so blatantly in the past have national political parties, a few retired judges and some senior lawyers so closely identified themselves with the generation of falsehood that they almost come out as conspirators," he said.

Jaitley said had no role in the Sohrabuddin case and that "the Caravan Magazine's stories and investigations are a textbook example of fake news".

The news website had reported about the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Judge Loya in in November 2014. Loya was hearing the alleged fake encounter killing of in in 2005 in which now was an accused.

Holding that public interest crusaders had graduated into "institution disruptors" picking up false causes, Jaitley said the Congress through its lawyers was too willing to identify with these "institution disruptors" and thus intimidate courts.

"A divided court is finding itself helpless to respond to these initimidatory tactics," he said.

Referring to the press conference in January where four senior judges of the virtually revolted against the over allocation of cases including Judge Loya's case, Jaitley said a divided court was the single greatest threat to judicial independence.

"What has happened today is a price the Indian judiciary has to pay for misadventures of many. There is no better time for judicial statesmanship and political foresight," he added.



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First Published: Fri, April 20 2018. 17:21 IST