Chief Justice recommends sacking high court judge

September 8th, 2008 - 7:32 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 8 (IANS) Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan has recommended removal of Justice Soumitra Sen of the Calcutta High Court for “criminal misappropriation” of over Rs.58 million of the high court’s funds.It is only the second case of its kind where the sacking of a judge of the higher judiciary has been recommended.

“I write this to recommend that the proceedings contemplated by Article 217 (1) read with Article 124 (4) of the constitution be initiated for removal of Justice Soumitra Sen, judge, Calcutta High Court,” Chief Justice Balakrishnan wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Aug 4.

The chief justice recommended Justice Sen’s sacking after he ignored an advice by the apex court’s collegium, headed by the chief justice and including two senior most judges, Justice B.N. Agrawal and Justice Ashok Bhan, to either resign or retire voluntarily by April 2, 2008.

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