The decision to dismiss the impeachment motion, moved by Opposition parties against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, was timely and not taken in haste, Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu told 10 senior Supreme Court lawyers who met him on Tuesday.
In his order on Monday, Mr. Naidu said the Opposition parties were “unsure” of their case.
The Congress, which initiated the motion, called the decision “ill-advised and hasty.”
Senior officials of the Rajya Sabha Secretariat, who were present at the meeting, said Mr. Naidu told the lawyers that he took the decision after over a month of “due diligence and in strict conformity with the provisions of the Constitution and the Judges (Inquiry) Act, 1968.”
The lawyers , led by Barun Kumar Sinha, thanked him for “saving the dignity of the office of the Chief Justice of India and the Supreme Court.”
The officials said Mr. Naidu told the lawyers that his office had been working on the provisions, procedures and precedents since the Opposition began consultations on moving the motion.
This is not the first instance of an impeachment motion having been shot down by the Rajya Sabha Chairman.
A motion was moved against Supreme Court judge J.C. Shah, and it was rejected by the then Lok Sabha Speaker, G.S. Dhillon, in 1970. Justice Shah became the Chief Justice of India.
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