CPI(M) writes to President Kovind, seeks removal of chief justice of J&K, Ladakh high court

Srinagar, Dec 16 (KNS): General Secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist), Sitaram Yechury on Thursday wrote a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind, seeking removal of chief justice of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh high court for his misconduct by speaking against the constitution of India.

In the, a copy of which lies with Kashmir News Service (KNS) stated that chief justice of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh high court, Pankaj Mithal has violated his oath and compromised the constitutional office being held by him. 

The letter reads that Mithal addressed a programme organised by an organization affiliated to the RSS on December 05 at Jammu and spoke against the constitution of India.

“It has been widely reported in the media that Shri Mithal addressed a seminar organized by the Akhil Bharatiya Adhivakta Praishad and said that inclusion of the terms secular and socialist in the Preamble of the Constitution had narrowed India’s spiritual image and sometimes, we bring amendments due to our adamancy,” it reads.

It reads that utterances against the country’s Constitution by a High Court Chief Justice, that too from a platform which preaches a particular ideology, is an unpardonable offence, which is in violation of the oath taken by him to carry out his constitutional functions.

“Mithal’s conduct is unbecoming of the constitutional office of the Chief Justice that he is holding, warrants his immediate removal from the office. As the custodian of the Constitution, as the head of the State and as the appointing authority of Mithal, I request your good self to immediately set in motion the process for his removal to uphold the sanctity of the Constitution and independence of judiciary,” it reads. (KNS)

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