oppn parties Congress Gives Up Its Dirty Game, Withdraws Petition on CJI Impeachment

News Snippets

  • Amit Shah says the government will identify and deport illegal immigrants from all parts of the country
  • Reports from Pakistan confirm that Hafiz Saeed has been arrested and sent to jail
  • After the SC order, Karnataka Speaker says he will go by the Constitution in deciding on the resignations of the 16 MLAs
  • Rebel MLAs say they will not attend the trust vote on Thursday
  • Supreme Court rules that rebel MLAs cannot be forced to attend the assembly and vote in the floor test
  • Both the Centre and the Assam government have sought re-verification of up to 20% of draft NRC data
  • Pakistan opens its airspace for Indian planes
  • Dilapidated building collapses in Mumbai, killing more than 10 people while many were still trapped
  • Kulbhushan Jadhav case verdict to be delivered today by the ICJ
  • A Vistara flight landed in Lucknow with just 5 to 10 minutes of fuel left in the tank
  • Supreme Court to decide on Karnataka MLAs plea today
  • Karnataka alliance to face floor test on Thursday
  • China says that the next Dalai Lama will be appointed by it
  • Pakistan assures India that no anti-India activity would be allowed in the Kartarpur corridor
  • Pakistan to allow visa-free access to 5000 pilgrims every day to undertake pilgrimage using the Kartarpur corridor
ISRO calls-off Chandrayaan-2 mission launch at last moment due to technical snags. revised date will be announced later
oppn parties
Congress Gives Up Its Dirty Game, Withdraws Petition on CJI Impeachment

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
The Congress has withdrawn its petition challenging Vice President Venkaiah NaiduÂ’s dismissal of the impeachment notice against the CJI. Lawyer Kapil Sibal insisted that the court provide him with the administrative order signed by the CJI assigning the case to the five-member bench headed by Justice A K Sikri. When the court said it cannot be done and when the Attorney General K K Venugopal questioned the maintainability of the petition on the ground that why only two signatories to the impeachment notice (out of the more than 60 who signed it) were aggrieved by NaiduÂ’s order, Sibal abruptly withdrew the petition. The bench then dismissed the petition as withdrawn.

The Congress is playing a very dirty game. It had first lured the opposition into signing an improper impeachment notice that was based on innuendos and conjectures. It tried to jump into an internal conflict in the Supreme Court that could have well been handled by the judiciary itself. Some enlightened members of the party itself (like Manmohan Singh and Salman Khurshid) as well some opposition parties refrained from signing the said politically-motivated notice. Then, none of the opposition parties became a part of the petition filed in the apex court as they became aware of the Congress game. Finally, Sibal tried to file the petition in the court of Justice J Chelameswar in order to divide the judiciary, but the judge displayed immense sagacity in not being drawn into political machinations. In the end, Sibal withdrew the petition when none of his tricks worked.

The original intention behind the impeachment notice, as well as the petition challenging its dismissal, was to protect the judiciary from alleged bias. But the way Congress has gone about the task shows that it was nothing but a way to target the government. It is sad that the Congress tried to use the judiciary to serve its political purpose. It just goes on to show that the party will stoop to any level. It is hoped that the party has learnt its lesson and will refrain from poking its nose in the affairs of the judiciary.