Jaitley fingers at his own tribe

Finance minister Arun Jaitley has termed the Congress's decision to approach the Supreme Court to challenge the Rajya Sabha Chairman's rejection of the impeachment motion against the Chief Justice of India as a "blunder", saying Parliament's decision cannot be subjected to judicial review.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 25.04.18
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Arun Jaitley. Picture by Prem Singh

New Delhi: Finance minister Arun Jaitley has termed the Congress's decision to approach the Supreme Court to challenge the Rajya Sabha Chairman's rejection of the impeachment motion against the Chief Justice of India as a "blunder", saying Parliament's decision cannot be subjected to judicial review.

"For the Congress to carry forward its mistake of subjecting legislative processes to judicial review would be a blunder," Jaitley wrote in a blog. "Parliament is supreme in its own jurisdiction. Its process cannot be subjected to judicial review."

Jaitley, who in an earlier post had described the Congress-led Opposition's move to submit an impeachment motion against Chief Justice Dipak Misra as a "revenge petition", again slammed the party and said "the mala fide impeachment motion was bound to fail".

He said the effort to bring an impeachment motion against the Chief Justice of India was a new bid to "drag intra-court disputes into the parliamentary process" and felt this was the result of political parties nominating eminent lawyers as MPs. Jaitley himself is a lawyer.

"A very large number of eminent lawyers are now members of Parliament. Most political parties have given nominations to some of them since their value, both in court and parliamentary debates, is significant. The incidental impact of this has been a growing tendency of lawyer members to drag intra-court disputes into the parliamentary process," he wrote.

Jaitley compared this to businesspersons using the parliamentary process to influence the government's policy decisions.

Justifying the rejection of the motion by Venkaiah Naidu, he said the notice had been filed on "untenable grounds".

"It has been filed for collateral purpose to intimidate the Chief Justice Of India and other judges of the highest judiciary," he wrote.

Jaitley also rejected the Congress's argument that the charges levelled against the Chief Justice of India could only be proved through an inquiry. "Vague and unsubstantiated allegations can never be a basis...."