Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today accused the Congress of adopting a fringe position over the issue of impeachment of the Chief Justice of India.
In a Facebook post, Mr Jaitley said, this, in reality, is the price which each Congressman will pay because its leader has decided that fringe position is better than the mainstream one. He said it will hurt the party immediately in the Karnataka elections.
The comments of Mr Jaitley came after two Congress MPs withdrew their plea today in the Supreme Court challenging rejection of the impeachment notice against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra by Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.
The Finance Minister said, the rulings of the Chair on whether to admit a motion or otherwise, are not subject to judicial review. He said, the rejection of a motion by a Speaker or the Chairman is a part of the legislative process.
He said, but wanting to fish in troubled waters, the Congress conceived of a strategy to chose a court of its choice for mentioning for constitution of the bench to hear the matter so that an unarguable matter could be arguably before a more receptive court.
Mr Jaitley said, the Congress Party was looking for a friendly pitch to bowl on. He also wondered whether it is right for a national party to deviate from the mainstream and take such fringe position.
He said, Congress Party’s impeachment motion against the Chief Justice of India was wholly misconceived which was poorly drafted and lacked in substance.
Mr Jaitley said, the judgment in the unfortunate death of Judge B H Loya has already exposed the false hallucination of the Congress Party where it concocted the unnatural death theory and it now wanted a continuing sword to hang on the Chief Justice and hence on the Apex Court.