Impeachment now irrelevant: Dinkaran to RS panel

Last Updated: Saturday, September 10, 2011 - 21:31

New Delhi: Former Sikkim High Court Chief
Justice PD Dinakaran has told the Rajya Sabha-appointed panel
that impeachment proceedings against him are irrelevant after
his resignation and cited Parliament`s decision to drop the
move against Calcutta High Court judge Justice Soumitra Sen.
Asserting that the proceedings have now become
infructous and "functuous officio" irrelevant, Dinakaran also
charged the committee with having a "pre-disposed" bias
against him.

In a letter addressed to the Registrar of the Committee
on Wednesday, Justice Dinakaran maintained that any further
proceedings against him by the panel would be "illegal,"
"improper," and "contrary to law."

Lok Sabha dropped the impeachment proceedings against
Sen after he resigned just days after Rajya Sabha impeached

Dinakaran`s letter came in the wake of the notice issued
to him on August 19 by the three-member panel to ascertain his
views as to what would be the effect of his resignation on the
impeachment proceedings.

The panel headed by Supreme Court judge Justice Aftab
Alam had issued notice to Dinakaran after the Chennai-based
advocate R Vaigai of Forum of Judicial Accountability in an
application sought continuation of the proceedings against the
former Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court.
The committee which was scheduled to meet today at
Justice Alam`s residence however, cancelled its sitting for an
unspecified reason. Attorney General G E Vahanvati was
scheduled to assist the panel in today`s meeting

However, informed sources said that the meeting was not
held as one of the committee members and Chief Justice of
the Karnataka High Court Justice J S Khehar was in the process
of being elevated to the Supreme Court and his warrant of
appointment from the President was expected shortly.


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First Published: Saturday, September 10, 2011 - 21:31

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