The Congress, backed by several opposition parties, is reportedly leading efforts to bring an impeachment motion in parliament against <link>Chief Justice Deepak Mishra.
The parties are circulating an unprecedented petition for sacking the top judge, leaders of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have confirmed, NDTV has reported.
NCP's Majeed Memon said 20 signatures have been collected so far. Three Congress leaders, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Kapil Sibal and Ahmed Patel have reportedly signed the petition and five more signatories are from the NCP.
Congress leaders said nothing on record on the move that has been confirmed mainly by NCP leaders Majid Memon and DP Tripathi.
"The Congress as the largest opposition party has belatedly initiated the proceedings for impeachment of the Chief Justice of India ," Majid Memon said on Tuesday.
His colleague DP Tripathi said: "I have signed it and others are also signing it and the process is going on." The CPI-M and CPI have also signed the petition, he said.
The Samajwadi Party today said it supports the petition. "The Samajwadi Party stands with the impeachment motion, which is about bringing independence and unquestionable integrity to the judiciary," SP leader Ghanshyam Tiwari told news agency ANI.