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Impeachment motion against CJI Dipak Misra rejected by Venkaiah Naidu

Monday April 23, 2018 10:33 AM, & Agencies

Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi: Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu on Monday rejected the impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra by seven opposition parties. Reports citing official sources said the motion was rejected on grounds that the charges were not sufficient for impeachment.

Seven opposition parties including the Congress party had met Venkaiah Naidu on Friday and handed him the impeachment notice against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. The notice was signed by 71 members.

Naidu had cut short his visit to Hyderabad and returned to New Delhi on Sunday for consultation. He had reportedly consulted legal experts over the weekend following the notice issued by the Opposition members.

It is learnt that Naidu had spoken to Attorney General KK Venugopal, former Supreme Court judge B Sudershan Reddy, Subhash Kashyap, former Secretary General of the Lok Sabha, former Law Secretary PK Malhotra, former legislative secretary Sanjay Singh, and senior officials of the Rajya Sabha secretariat before rejecting the opposition notice.

The opposition move was criticised by legal experts including Former CJI K G Balakrishnan and R M Lodha and jurists like Fali Nariman. Never before in the past has any judge, let alone the Chief Justice of India, ever been impeached in the country, though there is a provision in the Indian Constitution for such an action.

The Congress will now move to Supreme Court after rejection of the notice by Naidu, according to reports. The party had on Sunday said Dipak Misra should consider recusing himself from judicial and administrative work till he was cleared of the charge of "misbehaviour".

"If his (CJI) own conduct is under a cloud, should he not consider recusing himself from performing judicial and administrative duties and submit himself to an inquiry so that the high office and his individual integrity are cleared or the process of law is followed in an appropriate manner," asked Congress Spokesperson Rajdeep Surjewala.

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