Party’s lawyers, who are RS members, scare judges in the name of impeachment: Modi
As the BJP seeks to rekindle the politically sensitive Ayodhya issue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday accused the Congress of interfering in the Supreme Court’s proceedings on the Ram Temple-Babri Masjid case, saying that their Rajya Sabha leaders intimidate Supreme Court judges with the threat of impeachment if they don’t stall the case until after the general elections of next year.
“If a Supreme Court judge does not prepare the timetable (for hearing cases) as per their (Congress’s) political intentions and wants to hear all to deliver justice on a serious and sensitive issue, such as Ayodhya, then the party’s lawyers, who are Rajya Sabha members, start the game of scaring the judges in the name of impeachment,” Modi said.
Senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Kapil Sibal rubbished Prime Minister’s claim saying he should start a new programme on the lines of “Man ki baat” titled “jhooti baat” so that people are aware that the statements he makes on a weekly basis are “inconsistent with facts”.
Prime Minister’s comment on the Ayodhya issue came at an election rally at Alwar, Rajasthan, on a day when thousands of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) workers and supporters trooped into the venue of the Dharm Sabha at Ayodhya called by the VHP to discuss the way forward for the construction of the temple.
Sibal, a Supreme Court lawyer, also said that he had not appeared in the court since January 2018 and that neither the Congress nor the BJP is party to the court proceedings. “The Congress is not a party in these proceedings. Nothing can prevent the court from hearing the matter. The CJI has said it is not a priority matter for the Supreme Court, and the PM has no courage to say anything against the CJI. Blaming the Congress for making political capital won’t help,” Sibal added.
Modi alleged the Congress threatened Supreme Court judges with impeachment when they tried hearing the Ayodhya dispute cases earlier this year. The PM claimed that Congress party’s Rajya Sabha members, who are also lawyers, had tried to scare away the apex court judges to ensure the hearing in the cases is delayed until after the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
Seven Opposition parties led by the Congress had moved a notice for the impeachment of the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra in April this year, accusing him of “misbehavior” and “misuse” of authority. Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu rejected the notice, saying the case against the then CJI was based on “suspicion and conjectures”.
Modi said the Congress has no faith in democracy and judiciary. “It does not hold dialogue and stall proceedings in Parliament, but the new game they are playing now is dangerous and this must be debated for a bright future of the country.”
“When their shameless tactics fail, they use the threat of impeachment to bend the judges to their will. This is a dangerous play. The Congress is committing a crime by using impeachment to stop lawful procedures. They are enslaving the country using their power in the Rajya Sabha,” Modi said.
He urged intellectuals to analyse this “dangerous game” of the Congress in the interest of the country.
The 200-member Rajasthan Assembly is scheduled to go to polls on December 7. The counting of votes will take place on December 11. read more posts…
Monday, 26 November 2018 | PNS | New Delhi—
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