August 18, 2011 6:45:41 pm
Justice Soumitra Sen of the Calcutta High Court could go down in history as the first
judge to be removed if Lok Sabha gives its consent next week to the motion for his impeachment.
With the Upper House approving with overwhelming majority of 189 votes in favour and 17 against,the issue is expected to come up in the Lower House on August 24-25.
Sen’s impeachment was the first in the Rajya Sabha,which was converted into a court,as he was found guilty of misappropriating Rs 33.23 lakh,which was under his custody as a court-appointed receiver in the capacity as a lawyer and misrepresenting facts before a Calcutta court.
The first such case involved the impeachment motion in Lok Sabha of Justice V Ramaswami of the Supreme Court in May 1993 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 Sikkim High Court,against whom the Rajya Sabha Chairman had set up a judicial panel to inquire 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.
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