In the midst of growing support amongst opposition parties to move an impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Odisha’s ruling party Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has declared that, contrary to rumours, it is not going to support any such motion.
BJD’s Rajya Sabha MP Prashant Nanda told reporters that recent rumours doing rounds on social media suggesting BJD’s backing to the motion are mere attempts to malign the party’s image, and that they will consider legal options if this keeps continuing in the future.
He said that BJD has utmost regard for the Supreme Court as the apex court of India and even for Chief Justice Dipak Misra, who hails from Odisha himself. He clarified that his party has not seen any draft motion proposed to be moved by opposition leaders and that they will not support any such attempt in the Parliament.
Chief Justice Misra commands respect and popularity in legal and political circles of Odisha because he is one of the three Chief Justices of India to belong to the state, the other two being Gopal Ballav Patnaik and Ranganath Mishra, who also happens to be Misra’s uncle.
This is why the proposed impeachment motion has caused an upheaval in Odisha. Political ramifications notwithstanding, even lawyers have taken up arms against attempts of opposition parties to move the motion. Advocates in the state’s High Court and lower courts have decided to protest against this move by boycotting proceedings on 2 April.