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VP Naidu claims to have rejected the impeachment motion due to lack of facts

Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu rejected the notice moved by 64 Opposition MPs for the impeachment of Chief Justice Dipak Misra on Monday.

According to his statement, the motion lacked substantial facts to hold CJI Misra guilty of misbehaviour.

“After having perused annexures to the motion and having detailed consultations and having studied opinions of constitutional experts I am satisfied that admission of this notice of the impeachment motion is neither desirable nor proper,” a source reported Naidu as stating.

The Vice President is reported to have consulted Attorney-General KK Venugopal, former law officer K Parasaran, retired Supreme Court judge Sudarshan Reddy, former Secretary-General of the Lok Sabha Subhash Kashyap, former Law Secretary PK Malhotra and former Legislative Secretary of the Rajya Sabha Sanjay Singh while deciding on the impeachment motion.

As per the Supreme Court officials, all judges of the apex court, including CJI Dipak Misra, held a 20-minute meeting, after the impeachment motion was rejected.

Congress leaders said that the party is hoping for a judicial review of the impeachment.


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