Bhubaneswar: Biju Janata Dal opposed impeachment motion moved by opposition parties against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. This was informed by the BJD spokesman Amar Prasad Satpathy.
“Impeachment notice against the CJI should be given on a rare occasion. There is no point in demeaning the post of the CJI,” said Amar Prasad Satpathy.
It should be noted that seven opposition parties, led by the Congress, on Friday initiated an unprecedented step to impeach the CJI by moving a notice accusing him of “misbehaviour” and “misuse” of authority. Their representatives met Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, who is also the Chairman of Rajya Sabha, and handed him over the notice of impeachment bearing signatures of 64 MPs and seven former MPs, who recently retired.
Justice Misra is the 45th CJI and the third from Odisha to occupy the country’s highest judicial post. Earlier, Justice Ranganath Misra (21st) and Justice Gopal Ballav Patnaik (32nd) held the post.
This is the first time that a notice of impeachment against a sitting CJI has been moved, even though previously there have been three cases of impeachment motions against apex court and high court judges in the last 25 years.