`Proceedings of impeachment of judge not effective`
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 06, 2009, 23:18
New Delhi: The Law Commission has suggested that an alternative mechanism should be evolved to deal with the erring judges of higher judiciary as the impeachment provision is not effective.

"The parliamentary procedure of impeachment is not effective. We have to find some alternative," Law Commission Chairman A R Lakshmanan told reporters.

The former Supreme Court judge expressed his view by referring to the first impeachment motion against the apex court judge V Ramaswami which was defeated on the floor of the House in 1991 as the then ruling party did not support it.

Currently, a sitting Calcutta High Court judge Soumitra Sen faces the possibility of impeachment in a case of misdemeanour.

"Now it is going in a different direction," he said referring to the statements made by Sen before the media.

The impeachment of Sen was recommended by Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan last August after an in-house inquiry held him guilty of "misconduct".

Lakshmanan, who favoured more transparency within the judiciary, was critical of the judges indulging in giving statements to the media when facing corruption charges.

He referred to the cash-at-judges'-door scam in Chandigarh in which apart from in-house inquiry by the apex Court, a CBI probe was also initiated.

"The judge (Nirmal Yadav) is giving statement to the media," he said.

The Chief Justice had permitted CBI to examine Justices Nirmal Yadav and Nirmaljeet Kaur, both women, whose names have cropped up in the scam.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, August 06, 2009, 23:18

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