Image of judiciary dented

One of the important pillars of democracy, judiciary, is increasingly coming under scanner. In one of first of its kind the opposition parties today met Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and gave notice for impeachment against Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Mishra. The move is unprecedented and will have long term impact. But this was building up for some time and decision of Supreme Court to dismiss petition seeking independent probe into mysterious death of judge Loya seems to be the final nail in coffin.
Ever since four senior judges of the Supreme Court mounted a virtual revolt against the CJI in January this year; the opposition parties have been mooting possibilities of starting impeachment motion. The four judges while citing various instances had raised serious question mark over functioning of CJI. Their rebellion left the judiciary and observers stunned. Now opposition parties have further deepened the crisis by launching impeachment motion. At this juncture it is not clear whether motion will be accepted by Vice President. But there is no denying that judiciary is going through its lowest ebb. When fingers are pointed towards Chief Justice of India, it means something is seriously wrong with the judicial system. Also this move of opposition comes on a day when Maya Kodnani, a former minister and BJP leader sentenced to 28 years in prison for leading the biggest massacre in the Gujarat riots of 2002, was acquitted by the Gujarat High Court. Also the acquittal of 2G and Mecca masjid blast accused has further dented the image of judiciary.