Congress Loses Credibility as MPs Withdraw Petition
         Date: 08-May-2018

 

 

 
The Congress has withdrawn the petition challenging the Vice President Venkaiah Naidu's decision to nix the impeachment notice against the Chief Justice of India Deepak Misra. Senior advocate and Congress leader Kapil Sibal withdrew the petition today after a 45-minute long hearing by a five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court.
 
  

A five-judge bench of justices, SA Bobde, N V Ramana, Arun K Mishra and Adarsh K Girl, headed by Justice A K Sikri, declared the petition as dismissed as withdrawn after Kapil Sibal, appeared for the Congress MPs, decided to withdraw the plea. Responding to Sibal’s questions, Attorney General K K Venugopal said only two MPs of the Congress had approached the apex court. Venugopal submitted that the six other parties that had given a notice for impeachment did not move the top court. The Attorney General said: "The presumption is that all others have not supported the stand taken by the Congress to challenge the rejection of impeachment notice by Naidu," reported PTI.

 

The Bar Association of India stated that "the notice for the impeachment of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra was "unwarranted" and an assault on the judiciary". The petition was filed by two Congress MPS, Partap Singh Bajwa and Amee Yajnik, seeking an urgent listing before a Bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar. Kapil Sibal who represented the Congress MPs at the court, was also one of the signatories of the impeachment notice.