Friday, April 23, 2021
Home News Reports Watch: Kapil Sibal's flip flop on impeachment process of Judges exposes his hypocrisy

Watch: Kapil Sibal’s flip flop on impeachment process of Judges exposes his hypocrisy

The opposition has been going hammer and tongs against the Chief Justice of India, Deepak Misra. They had forwarded an impeachment motion signed by 63 members of parliament in a bid to start the process of impeaching the CJI. However, the Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu, has rejected the opposition’s motion.

To this, the Congress party and its allies expressed shock and dismay. They wondered how the Vice President could reject the impeachment motion when they had the requisite number of signatures signifying the number of MPs who support the impeachment motion.

This entire campaign has also been spearheaded by Kapil Sibal, senior Congress leader and lawyer. Kapil Sibal has also proclaimed that he will not appear in front of the CJI till the process is over. He reportedly told The Indian Express, “I will not appear in the Chief Justice’s court from tomorrow onwards… till he retires, because that is consistent with the highest standards of my profession.”

He has reportedly also said, “He (Naidu) has no jurisdiction. He cannot decide on the merits of the motion. He can only decide on the procedure. So the provision in the Judges (Inquiry) Act for him to either dismiss or admit, relates to only whether 50 members have signed, their signatures are there and motion is in order. He is to refer that matter to the Judges (Inquiry) Committee for a decision on the merits. He has no role to play as far as the merits are concerned… He can’t dismiss it. It’s not permissible under the Constitution. He can dismiss it provided 50 members are not there, provided the charges are inconsistent with the provisions of the Constitution. But otherwise, he cannot. He cannot say this is not enough. He is not a quasi-judicial authority to decide on the motion. That’s for the Judges (Inquiry) Act,”

Interestingly, a 2010 video has surfaced, where Kapil Sibal in an interview to NDTV is heard saying exactly the opposite.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7x_zVCGdM9o]

In the video, Kapil Sibal is seen disagreeing the with the impeachment motion of judges in India. He termed it improper. He had said that politicians should not be involved at all in a Judge’s impeachment. In the show, Mahesh Jethmalani asked Kapil a question. He asked that once, Kapil Sibal had defended Justice Ramaswamy in the floor of the house. He asked whether Sibal had examined the case of Justice Dinkaran and whether he thinks that Justice Dinkaran prima facie has a defensible case at all.

Sibal said, that he has a big problem with the process of impeachment since political parties issue whips. He said that the entire process goes against principles of fairness. He says he doesn’t agree with the procedure for impeachment at all and that politicians should in no way be involved in such proceedings. He says there needs to be a national debate on whether the parliament should be involved at all.

Interestingly, he vehemently disagreed with political parties in opposition “getting x number of signatures’ and proclaiming the “guy guilty”. He said he disagrees with opposition parties saying that just since 50 MPs have signed the motion, the Judge to be impeached is guilty.

He says that in this case, all the parties that have signed the motion will issue whips. So whether others agree with the motion or not, they will have to vote for the motion.

This hypocrisy was noticed by scientist and commentator, Anand Ranganathan as well who had commented on the change of stand using this video.

In it indeed ironic that Kapil Sibal, his party and his party’s allies are now doing exactly the same thing that Sibal stood against. It is interesting to note, that in the Justice Ramaswami impeachment proceedings of 1993, the Congress party had actually saved a corrupt judge. Today, the Congress seems to be going after an honest one, who has no case of misconduct proven against him, probably because he is hearing certain cases that are likely to go against the party and the dynasty.

At the end of the interview, Kapil Sibal asked, “what sort of a system is this”.

Perhaps it is time for the people of this country to ask the Congress party, “what sort of a system is this?”

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

Arvind Kejriwal had promised home delivery of oxygen during the first wave of COVID-19, old comments go viral

In August 2020, Arvind Kejriwal had promised that his govt would start home delivery of oxygen concentrators for Covid-19 patients

Delhi HC suggests using CNG cylinders to transport Oxygen, union govt says not possible: Understanding the technical and legal aspects

Both Gas Cylinder Rules and PESO guidelines on converting cylinders for oxygen do not permit use of CNG cylinders to carry oxygen

Paranoid China wants to tame Elon Musk, will it succeed? All you need to know about the brewing war between China and Tesla

Elon Musk headed Tesla has been facing a pressure campaign in China with Chinese Communist state-backed media and regulators

Congress leader Chidambaram wants state governments to unionise to haggle over vaccine costs: Here is why that is a bizarre idea

P. Chidambaram has managed to come up with another spectacularly braindead idea that does not make any sense.

The West does not have any moral high ground over China, their conduct during Covid crisis is further proof of it

The United States of America has projected its geopolitical rivalry with China as a great conflict between good and evil.

Arvind Kejriwal nosedives into gutter politics, spreads lies during CMs’ video conference with PM, illegally airs private meeting

As soon as the PM got to know of this fact, he reprimanded Arvind Kejriwal for breaking protocol, and the telecast was immediately stopped. Reportedly, the PM said to Kejriwal, “You have broken a very imp protocol, such private conversation are never televised”.

Recently Popular

Priyanka Gandhi’s Twitter faux pas, takes three attempts for condolence tweet

At 10:38 AM, four minutes after her first tweet, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted correct condolence message to correct intended recipient on third attempt.

NDTV journalist Gargi Rawat Ansari shows how she is willing to sacrifice human lives so propaganda continues to reign supreme

NDTV journalist Gargi Rawat Ansari is married to Yusuf Ahmad Ansari, the great-grandson of former Congress President Mukhtar Ahmad Ansari

Sitaram Yechury’s son passes away due to Covid-19

The CPI(M) General Secretary in his tweet thanked all the medical staff who treated his son Ashish Yechury

TikTok Star Funbucket Bhargav, of OMG fame, arrested for raping minor girl

TikTok Star 'Funbucket Bhargav' arrested for raping a minor. Fans of actor Nithya wrongly assumed she was the victim.

Arvind Kejriwal nosedives into gutter politics, spreads lies during CMs’ video conference with PM, illegally airs private meeting

As soon as the PM got to know of this fact, he reprimanded Arvind Kejriwal for breaking protocol, and the telecast was immediately stopped. Reportedly, the PM said to Kejriwal, “You have broken a very imp protocol, such private conversation are never televised”.
- Advertisement -

 

Connect with us

254,094FansLike
531,790FollowersFollow
24,200SubscribersSubscribe