Following the opposition-led impeachment motion against Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.P Shah has decided to share his thoughts on the same by completely dismissing this movement as “Purely Political”
“It is a purely political issue. I’m not sure of the purpose for this impeachment. The opposition doesn’t have the numbers. There is a possibility that the Speaker may or may not accept the motion. Then the matter will have to be taken to Supreme Court and in that process, the Chief Justice would retire by that time”, he stated.
Disregarding this turmoil he went on to say that it would be the “blackest day” for Indian judiciary if Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who is tipped to be the Supreme Court Chief Justice after Justice Misra retires in October, is not elevated.
“If this doesn’t happen, if the appointment does not go through, I would say that would be the blackest day for the judiciary of India. Justice Gogoi is one of our finest judges. He has come out openly on principle. It is true that an outgoing judge recommends the new CJI. that’s the reality. But I am sure that the wiser counsel will prevail and there would not be such adventure,” he said in Gogoi’s favour.
Justice Misra was appointed the Chief Justice of India in August last year and is due to retire in October when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 65.