Five-judge constitution bench to hear impeachment issue against CJI Dipak Misra tomorrow

Earlier in the day, senior advocate Kapil Sibal had mentioned the matter for urgent listing before a bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar.

Published: 07th May 2018 09:35 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th May 2018 09:35 PM   |  A+A-

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra (File | PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: A five-judge constitution bench was today constituted in the Supreme Court to hear tomorrow 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 today, would be heard tomorrow by a bench comprising Justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde, N V Ramana, Arun Mishra and A K 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, M B Lokur and Kurian Jospeh -- had held the controversial January 12 press conference 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 him to mention the matter before the CJI, the bench, also comprising Justice S K Kaul, later asked Sibal and advocate Prashant Bhushan to "come back tomorrow".

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  • mukund

    'Nautanki' gang in Supreme court has common agenda to manufacture nuisance and waste precious time of Judiciary. Poor litigants don't get time for hearing on their legitimate rights. These crooks make money through blackmail tactics by being hand in glove. Same gang is seen in such matters all the time. P.I.L. is being misused. Today it's writ jurisdiction. I am sure that Supreme Court will show them the doors because ex-facie it's clear that Chairman of Upper house has 'duty to decide' over here which is a 'quasi judicial function' by all means.
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