SC to hear plea against Naidu’s dismissal of CJI impeachment motion on May 8
CJI Dipak Misra sends plea against VP Venkaiah Naidu’s dismissal of impeachment motion against CJI to a five-judge bench which excludes four other seniormost SC judges
A five-judge constitution bench was on Monday, May 7, constituted in the Supreme Court to hear on Tuesday, May 8, the petition moved by two Congress MPs challenging the rejection of the impeachment notice against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra by Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.
The list of business for the Supreme Court showed that the petition, which was mentioned on Monday, would be heard on Tuesday by a bench comprising Justices AK Sikri, SA Bobde, NV Ramana, Arun Mishra and AK Goel.
While Justice Sikri, who will head the bench, is number six in the seniority list, others follow him in the sequence of seniority.
It is significant that the matter has not been listed before the judges who are number two to five in the seniority.
These judges — Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, MB Lokur and Kurian Joseph — had held the press conference on January 12 in which they had virtually revolted against the CJI by raising a litany of allegations against him.
Earlier in the day, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who was one of the signatories to the impeachment notice in the Rajya Sabha, had mentioned the matter for urgent listing before a bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar, the senior-most after CJI Misra.
While Justice Chelameswar initially asked Sibal to mention the matter before the CJI, the bench, also comprising Justice SK Kaul, later asked Sibal and advocate Prashant Bhushan to come back on Tuesday.