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  • Trouble brews in Bihar JD(U)-BJP alliance as Bihar police asks special branch officers to keep tabs on RSS activities
  • Trust vote in Karnataka assembly today. With rebel MLAs deciding to stay away after the SC order, the Congress-JD(S) government is likely to fall as it does not have the numbers
  • 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
International Court of Justice agrees with India, stays Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution. It asks Pakistan to allow consular access to the accused.
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Impeachment: CJI Must Ignore Congress' Tricks

By Sunil Garodia

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Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
After asking for the impeachment of the Chief Justice of India based on innuendos and insinuations full of “may be”, the Congress has the gall to ask Justice Dipak Misra to step back from handling judicial and administrative work till the motion is disposed of. Justice Misra should not agree to do that for the simple reason that the impeachment motion against him is politically motivated and does not stand an iota of a chance of succeeding. The Congress knows that such things take time and Justice Misra is due to retire on October 2, till which time the motion is unlikely to be disposed of. Hence, it is tricking him into a forced early retirement. Justice Misra should never accede to this demand, talks of “appeal to his conscience” notwithstanding, as this motion is nothing but an ugly attempt to undermine the judiciary and settle political scores.

Further, the impeachment motion is being piloted by a party that has a history of undermining the judiciary and appointing ‘pliant’ judges to the bench. It is known to all how Justice A N Ray was elevated as CJI by superseding three judges senior to him – Justices J M Shelat, K S Hegde and A N Grover. Otherwise too, the history of Congress-ruled governments is full of putting their “own” people on the benches and then rewarding them with plum posts or making them head of this or that commission where “favourable” reports were needed.

Hence, when Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala says that “Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion” and that is why “we have left it to his conscience” for stepping back from judicial and administrative work, it sounds hollow, even comical. Before leaving it to the CJI’s conscience, the Congress party should examine its own conscience and discover whether after all that it has done to undermine the judiciary in long years of rule, does it qualify to bring in the impeachment motion against the CJI and that too on trivial grounds? For, in this case, Caesar’s wife is definitely the Congress party and it is certainly not above suspicion. Without doubt, the impeachment motion is politically motivated.