Congress using impeachment as a political tool: Jaitley

Congress using impeachment as a political tool: Jaitley
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New Delhi, Apr 20: Union finance minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said that the recent petition by Congress to impeach Supreme Court Chief Justice Dipak Misra is being used as a “political tool” to intimidate judges hearing controversial matters.
The Supreme Court’s judgment exposes the conspiracy hatched by the opposition parties to generate falsehood as propaganda in the public and political space, he wrote in a Facebook post.
Both the parties, BJP and the Congress, are involved in verbal allegations and counter-allegations since yesterday following SC’s dismissal of plea seeking investigation in the death of special CBI judge BH Loya.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra on Thursday alleged that the “invisible hand” behind these petitions was of Rahul Gandhi.
The Congress was quick to hit back, with senior leader Randeep Surjewala slamming the allegations against the Gandhi scion as a “malicious attempt” which showed the ruling party’s “jitteriness”.
“The BJP’s attempt to misinterpret the Supreme Court judgment reflects their jitteriness and frustration. We reject and condemn the malicious attempts of the BJP to misinterpret the judgment for finger pointing,” Surjewala said at a press briefing.
Jaitley termed the story that appeared in a news magazine and was the first to allege foul play in special judge BH Loya’s death, “a textbook example of fake news”. The minister said that it was a deliberate attempt to generate “massive public controversy”.
The minister expressed concern that the concept of public interest litigation has gradually taken the shape of “Institution Disruption”.
“They (Institutional Disruptors) pick-up even false causes and pursue the falsehood with a sense of deep commitment, indulge in intimidating advocacy, are shrill with their opposing colleagues, are rude and impolite with the judges,” the minister wrote.
The finance minister lashed out at the Congress for using the impeachment of a Judge of the Supreme Court as a political tool and called it a “revenge action”.
“It is a revenge petition after the falsehood of the Congress Party has been established in the Justice Loya death case. It is an attempt to intimidate a Judge and send a message to other Judges, that if you don’t agree with us, fifty MP’s are enough for a revenge action,” he said.
The minister alleged that impeachment is being used as a tool to intimidate judges hearing controversial matters.
“What has happened today is a price the Indian judiciary has to pay for misadventures of many. There is no better time for judicial statesmanship and political foresight,” he wrote.