Thursday, December 17, 2009

Justice Dinakaran not to hear cases

Justice Dinakaran not to hear cases

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New Delhi, December 16, 2009: Karnataka Chief Justice P D Dinakaran, who could face an impeachment motion in the Rajya Sabha following allegations of land grabbing and possession of assets disproportionate to his known sources of income, will not hear any cases till further orders.

A notification issued by the Registrar General of the High Court today said Mr Justice Dinakaran, whose elevation to the Supreme Court has been put on hold, would not be sitting on the Bench to take up judicial matters until further orders.

As many as 76 members of the Rajya Sabha, belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Left, the Samajwadi Party, the Janata Dal (United), the Akali Dal and the All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) had submitted notice of a motion on December 14 to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Hamid Ansari seeking the impeachment of Mr Justice Dinakaran.

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Also read the related stories in Indian Express as follows:

The law on impeachment of judges

Maneesh Chhibber

Posted: Thursday , Dec 17, 2009 at 0829 hrs
On Monday, 75 members of the Rajya Sabha submitted a signed motion for impeachment of controversial Karnataka High Court Chief Justice P D Dinakaran. Maneesh Chhibber takes a look at what the process entails:

What is impeachment?

A member of the higher judiciary, which means the Judges and Chief Justices of the Supreme Court of India and the state High Courts, can be removed from service only through the process of impeachment under Article 124 (4) of the Constitution on grounds of proven misbehaviour or incapacity. In India, there is no other process by which a Judge can be removed from office before his term comes to an end. However, the process is very cumbersome.

Who decides if a Judge should be impeached?

As per the Judges Inquiry Act, 1968, a complaint against a Judge has to be made through a resolution either by 100 members of the Lok Sabha or 50 Rajya Sabha members. After the MPs submit a duly signed motion to this effect to their respective presiding officers — Chairman of the Rajya Sabha or Speaker of the Lok Sabha — the presiding officer constitutes a three-member committee comprising two Judges — one from the Supreme Court and one Chief Justice of a High Court if the complaint is against a HC Judge; and two Supreme Court Judges if the complaint is against a sitting Judge of the apex court — and a jurist to probe the complaint and determine if it is a case fit for initiating the process of impeachment.

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