CJI Impeachment: Somnath Chatterjee says Naidu acted in hurried manner

Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee has said that Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu acted in a “hurried manner” while rejecting the impeachment notice against CJI Dipak Misra

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Photos by Sipra Das/The India Today Group and Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images
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Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee said on Monday Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu acted in a "hurried manner" while rejecting the impeachment notice against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.

"This instance has set a bad precedence, which is not good for democracy," he told, adding that Naidu should have followed proper procedures before rejecting the notice.

"There are procedures in the Constitution and chairman of Rajya Sabha should have followed it instead of acting in a hurried manner," Chatterjee said.

Referring to previous instances of impeachment notices, Chatterjee said procedures were then followed properly.

Naidu rejected on Monday the unprecedented impeachment notice given by Opposition parties, led by the Congress, against CJI Dipak Misra, saying it "lacked substantial merit" and allegations were neither "tenable nor admissible".

The vice-president held that the allegations emerging from the present case have a serious tendency of "undermining" the independence of the judiciary.

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