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Impeachment motion against CJI would get defeated: AAP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The AAP today said the impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra would turn out to be a joke as it would get defeated due to lack of numbers in both the House of Parliament.

AAP spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said if the petition was defeated it would also "put a stamp of approval on the working of the chief justice".

"The motion, to pass, will require two-thirds majority in both the Houses and the opposition does not have the numbers. It will be defeated and if that happens it will be a joke," Singh told PTI.

Opposition parties led by the Congress today met Vice President and Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and handed over a notice for impeachment of Misra.

Over 60 MPs of the Rajya Sabha belonging to seven political parties -- the Congress, the NCP, the CPI-M and CPI, the SP and the BSP -- gave the notice.

The AAP was not approached by these parties before submission of the notice to Naidu.

"The opposition should instead use other means to pressure and improve the functioning of the government," he said.

Singh said even Justice Jasti Chelameswar, one of the four judges to have attacked the chief justice in an unprecedented press conference in January, was not in favour of impeachment. The judge had made a serious charge that democracy was in danger.

In an event held early this month, Chelameswar had said that impeachment was not the solution to deal with an errant judge.

Singh also said his party did not agree with the Supreme Court's judgement rejecting petitions seeking an independent probe into the death of judge B H Loya. The verdict in the case was given by a three-judge bench headed by Misra.

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First Published: Fri, April 20 2018. 20:35 IST