Soumitra Sen - second judge to be impeached by Parliament
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
New Delhi, Aug 17: The impeachment proceedings against Justice Soumitra Sen of the Calcutta High Court which began in the Rajya Sabha today is the first-ever in the Upper House and second in the history of Parliament.
The first such case involved the impeachment motion in Lok Sabha of Justice V Ramaswami of the Supreme Court in May 1993 which fell due to lack of numbers after Congress members abstained.
Incidentally, Union Minister Kapil Sibal who was then a senior advocate, had presented the case of Justice Ramaswami before the Lower House.
Justice P D Dinakaran, Chief Justice of the Sikkin High Court, against whom the Rajya Sabha Chairman had set up a judicial panel to enquire into allegations of corruption, had resigned on July 29 this year, before an impeachment could be initiated against him.
Unlike Ramaswami, Sen presented his case personally backed by two lawyers.
Lastupdate on : Wed, 17 Aug 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 17 Aug 2011 18:30:00 GMT
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