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Cong MPs withdraw plea in SC challenging rejection of impeachment notice against CJI

He further said the matter was listed before the 5 judge bench through an administrative order and the CJI cannot pass such orders in this matter

New Delhi: Two Congress MPs today withdrew their plea in the Supreme Court challenging rejection of the impeachment notice against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra by Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.

After a 45-minute hearing, a five-judge bench headed by Justice AK Sikri declared the petition as dismissed as withdrawn.

After senior advocate Kapil Sibal raised some objections on the setting up of the five-judge constitution bench to hear the matter, Attorney General KK Venugopal said only 2 MPs of Congress have approached the apex court.

Venugopal submitted that 6 other parties, which had given a notice for impeachment, did not move the top court.

The AG said “the presumption is that all others have not supported the stand taken by the Congress to challenge the rejection of impeachment notice by Naidu.”

Earlier during the hearing, Sibal had raised questions on the setting up of the constitution bench, including who passed the order for setting up the 5-judge bench to hear the matter.

He further said the matter was listed before the 5 judge bench through an administrative order and the CJI cannot pass such orders in this matter.

Sibal had also sought of a copy of the order on setting up of the bench, saying they intended to challenge it.

However, the bench also comprising Justices SA Bobde, NV Ramana, Arun Mishra and AK Goel said it is a “piquant and unprecedented situation where the CJI is party and other four judges may also have some role”.

Naidu had on 23 April rejected the impeachment notice against the CJI given by seven opposition parties led by the Congress on five grounds of “misbehaviour”. This was the first time that an impeachment notice was filed against a sitting CJI.

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