Panel on Justice Soumitra Sen impeachment submits report

The judicial committee that went into the issue of impeachment of Justice Soumitra Sen of the Calcutta High Court submitted its report to Rajya Chairman Hamid Ansari today.

Updated: Sep 11, 2010, 00:55 AM IST

New Delhi: The judicial committee that went
into the issue of impeachment of Justice Soumitra Sen of the
Calcutta High Court submitted its report to Rajya Chairman
Hamid Ansari today.

Justice Sen has been in the eye of a storm following
allegations that as a receiver of the court in a dispute, he
took Rs 33,22,800 from a purchaser of goods, kept it in a
savings bank account and misrepresented facts to High Court.
The committee headed by Supreme Court judge B Sudershan
Reddy was constituted by Ansari in March last year in the wake
of an impeachment motion moved by CPI(M) leader Sitaram
Yechury and 56 other members of the Upper House.

This is the second time in the history of the country
that Parliament has initiated proceedings for removal of a
judge. It had initiated similar proceedings against former
Supreme Court judge V Ramaswami.

Rajya Sabha adopted a resolution, introduced by 57
members, on February 20 for removal of Sen for
"misappropriating large sums of money which he received in his
capacity as receiver appointed by the high court and
misrepresenting facts with regard to the misappropriation
before the high court".

The other members of the Committee were Justice Mukul
Mudgal, Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and
Fali S Nariman, a distinguished jurist and Senior Advocate of
Supreme Court.

"As per the provisions of the Judges (Inquiry) Act 1968,
the report of the Committee shall be laid before each House of
the Parliament during the next Session," the Rajya Sabha
Secretariat said in a release.

-PTI