The Congress said the ruling party was compromising the position and office of the chief justice as the neutral arbitrator and head of the judiciary and the party was doing great a disservice to the independence of the judicial system.
Congress leader Randeep Surjewala told reporters, ”The CJI must come out and tell the BJP not to politicise his office.” He further said the CJI did not belong to any political party and questioned why he had to be defended by members and ministers of the ruling BJP.
The Chief Justice of India should be above suspicion, Surjewala said, adding that if CJI Misra’s conduct had come under a cloud, he should consider recusing himself from performing his judicial and administrative duties.
Surjewala asked, ”Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion. And that’s why we left it to his (CJI) conscience. If his own conduct is under a cloud, should he not consider recusing himself from performing judicial and administrative duties and submit himself to the inquiry so that the high office and his individual integrity are cleared?”