"A day after Supreme Court trashes PIL movers as carrying politically vested interests, it entertains a PIL to gag the media for reporting on CJI's impeachment!" tweeted Congress spokespersn RS Surjewala. No Chief Justice of India has ever been impeached.
"We wish this day had never come", said senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal.
He further said, "When SC judges themselves believe", the judiciary's independence is under threat, "alluding to the functioning of the CJI, should we stand still and do nothing". Mr. Sibal, however, categorically denied this.
During the riots, activists say up to 2,500 people, majority Muslims, were killed in retaliation for the burning of a train carrying Hindu pilgrims in which 59 people were killed.
Azad said seven parties, including SP, BSP, CPM, CPI, Muslim League have extended support to the impeachment move.
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The four next highest-ranking judges in the supreme court criticised his distribution of cases and raised concerns about judicial appointments.
The fourth charge goes way back when CJI was an advocate and he acquired land by submitting an affidavit which was found to be false.
The fifth charge related to alleged abuse of exercise of power by CJI in choosing to send sensitive matters to particular benches by misusing his authority as "Master of the Roster" with the likely intent to influence the outcome.
Political circles were rife that the Congress had planned the move to ensure Chief Justice Dipak Misra doesn't decide the Ram Janmabhoomi case before he retires in October.
Eventually, the impeachment motion failed (196 for the motion, none against, 205 abstentions) as the ruling Congress party abstained from voting. He further added, "The process had begun nearly a month ago during the second part of the Budget Session".
India's opposition parties launched an unprecedented bid to impeach the top judge on Friday, accusing him of failing to protect the independence of the judiciary from executive interference, among other charges. It showed in the January 12 press conference of four judges of Supreme Court. The judge had made a serious charge that democracy was in danger. Not everyone will always agree with the judiciary. A judicial review of Naidu's decision can be sought if he rejects the motion.
The impeachment motion against Ramaswami was admitted by the speaker in March 1991 and Sibal eventually had to defend the judge in Parliament on 10 May 1993. In the Indian Parliamentary system, the vice-president is the Rajya Sabha chairman, whom the Opposition leaders approached on Friday.