Congress fishing in troubled waters: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

Minister takes the Opposition party to task for its 'misconceived' step to move impeachment notice against the Chief Justice of India.

Published: 09th May 2018 07:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th May 2018 07:13 AM   |  A+A-

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley (File photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday slammed the Congress for its “misconceived” move to back the impeachment notice against Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Mishra, while accusing the Opposition party of having become a fringe player.

“The Congress’ impeachment motion against the Chief Justice of India was wholly misconceived. It is poorly drafted and lacked in substance. Many of its traditional allies were not willing to take on this confrontation with the judicial institutions.  Finding a divided court, the Congress wanted to fish in troubled waters. If the motion for impeachment was unsustainable, the writ petition challenging the order of the Chairman, Rajya Sabha, was unarguable,” Jaitley stated in a blog.

The minister stated that the rejection of a notice by the Speaker or the Chairman was part of the legislative process. “It was a well-reasoned order. The rulings of the Chair on whether to admit a motion or otherwise, are not subject to judicial review. But wanting to fish in troubled waters, the Congress conceived of a strategy to choose a court of its choice for mentioning for constitution of the bench to hear the matter so that an unarguable matter could be arguable before a more receptive court,” noted Jaitley.
He added that the Congress was looking for a “friendly pitch to bowl on”.

Jaitley said the judgment in the “unfortunate death of Judge Loya has already exposed the false hallucination of the Congress where it concocted the unnatural death theory”.   
Jaitley argued that after its efforts of “forum shopping” failed, the Congress refused to argue its unarguable case on merits.

“Does it behove a national party to deviate from the mainstream and take such fringe position? Fringe organisations have no hope of ever coming to power. They can, therefore, afford to take positions which they will never have to implement,” Jaitley stressed.  

The Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha further argued that the fact that the Congress has been reduced to a two-digit party and is being ousted from state after state demonstrated the non-acceptability of its current leadership.

“The most alarming aspect of the Congress has been that from a grand old party which occupied centre-stage, it is being pushed to the fringe. It is not only electoral arithmetic that it occupies the fringe position but also the position that it adopts on several mainstream issues,” the minister wrote.

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  • Swaminadhan Krishnamoorthy

    I humbly feel that the four judges of the Supreme Court who indulged in a highly controversial and questionable act of holding a a press conference and created a confrontationist course, must, in all fairness, resign. So long as they remain, the Congress would continue to fish in troubled waters and resort to shadier methods. It has a notorious lawyer at the helm.
    1 year ago reply

    1. What was that the Congress MPs wanted to prove through the writ petition? It is good that the writ petition filed in the Supreme Court has been dismissed as withdrawn. Of course, nothing good would have come out of it. 2. Is it that good sense prevailed or that realisation that the SC would anyway dismiss the writ weighed upon the MPs? 3. But I say that original impeachment petition submitted to Rajya Sabha chairman & Vice President, (VP) Shri Venkaiah Naidu had an ulterior political objective: to embarrass the NDA government and Chief Justice of India. 3. Citizens wish that role of judiciary should never be politicised and in future no situation arises when impeachment of Chief Justice of India has to be thought of.
    1 year ago reply
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