The impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra would be defeated owing to lack of numbers in both the Houses of Parliament, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said on Friday.
Saying that the impeachment motion would turn out to be a mockery, AAP spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh warned that if the petition was defeated it would put a “stamp of approval” on the working of the CJI.
"The motion, to pass, will require two-thirds majority in both the Houses and the opposition does not have the numbers. It will be defeated and if that happens it will be a joke," Singh told PTI.
In the day, Opposition parties led by the Congress met Vice President and Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and handed over a notice for impeachment of Misra. As many as 60 Rajya Sabha MPs of the Congress, the NCP, the CPI-M and CPI, the SP and the BSP – submitted the notice to Naidu.
"The opposition should instead use other means to pressure and improve the functioning of the government," Singh said.
Singh also said his party did not agree with the Supreme Court's judgment rejecting petitions seeking an independent probe into the death of judge B H Loya.
The verdict in the case was given by a three-judge bench headed by Misra.
(With inputs from agencies)