Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu on Monday rejected the impeachment motion moved by opposition parties on Friday citing lack of substantial merit in it.
“I have considered the allegations individually as well as collectively in the light of annexure annexed to the notice to the motion but also in the light of cogent, relevant material available in the form of judicial orders passed by the apex court of the country. Based on all this, I have come to a conclusion that this motion does not deserve to be admitted,” Naidu said in his order.
The opposition led by the Congress had submitted signatures of 71 lawmakers from seven parties on Friday. They are scheduled to hold a press conference where it will announce its course of action.
The impeachment notice came a day after the Supreme Court rejected a bunch of petitions seeking an independent probe into the death of Judge B H Loya.
According to the constitution, Chief Justice of India (CJI) can be impeached only on grounds of proven misbehavior or incapacity.
The opposition has backed its demand on five grounds, which, the Congress said, equals misbehavior.
The government accused the Congress of using the process of impeachment as a political tool.
Congress had also dropped hints of moving the Supreme Court if the petition is rejected by the Vice President. They said if the Upper House Chairman did not find merit in the notice for the impeachment, the decision could call for a judicial review.
Congress also demanded that the CJI should consider rescuing himself from judicial and administrative duties until his name is cleared.