Report on Justice Soumitra Sen to be presented to LS

A decision on the issue of impeachment of Justice Soumitra Sen of the Calcutta High Court will be out on Wednesday with the report of the judicial committee which went into the matter being presented to the Lok Sabha.

Last Updated: Nov 09, 2010, 22:12 PM IST

New Delhi: A decision on the issue of impeachment of Justice Soumitra Sen of the Calcutta High Court will be out on Wednesday with the report of the judicial committee which went into the matter being presented to the Lok Sabha.

Secretary General T K Vishwanathan will lay on the table the report of the committee appointed under the Judges (Inquiry) Act 1968 and the copy of evidence of witnesses tendered before it and documents exhibited during the probe.

The committee headed by Supreme Court judge B Sudershan
Reddy had submitted its report to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid
Ansari on September 10 last.

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 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.

PTI