BJP asks MPs to attack Rahul over Judge Loya verdict

Senior advocate of the Supreme Court and Padma Vibhushan awardee Fali Nariman on Sunday slammed the recent move by Opposition parties to impeach Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, calling it "a horribly black day in the history of the Supreme Court".

On how the judiciary can win back public trust, he said, "If you ask me what is to be done, then I would say that the four judges who wrote this letter in January could say that whilst we maintain what we said in our letter of January 12, we were never party to subscribe to any charge against the Chief Justice to warrant his impeachment".

The opposition parties met Vice President and Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and handed over a notice for the impeachment of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) with signatures of 64 MPs of the Upper House.

Nariman said that the impeachment motion will not only diminish the public's faith in the judiciary but will also open the door for the ruling party to move against a judge if it doesn't like a particular judgment.

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"My preliminary reaction to the impeachment motion filed today is clear. It is an attempt to intimidate a Judge and send a message to other Judges, that if you don't agree with us, fifty MP's are enough for a revenge action", he said. Lashing out at the Congress, Ms Lekhi said it was trying to "demean, degrade and denigrate" the judiciary after its "conspiracies" in the case of Justice Loya's death and riot charges against its Gujarat leader Maya Kodnani were exposed. The conspiracy was made to generate falsehood as propaganda in the public and political space.

"Lameduck efforts by a vile BJP to stop an enquiry into Judge Loya death reaches its zenith as copycats are regimented to toe the fascist line!", Surjewala said in a tweet.

The finance minister said the Supreme Court too has conclusively established that Judge Loya's death was because of natural reasons and there was no suspicious circumstance. "Many of those who raked up the Judge Loya death case were associated against Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin case", said the Union minister. Referring to the controversial press conference of the four Supreme Court's judges earlier this year, Mr Jaitley said that if intimidatory tactics of institution disruptors and the impeachment motion are threats to judicial independence, the single greatest threat is the divided court itself. "In a tweet, Surjewala said Jaitley had called the SC decision quashing the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act as "tyranny of the unelected", it is valid opinion". "Till that time the CJI will continue with his administrative and judicial work", a source said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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