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Venkaiah Naidu rejects impeachment notice against CJI Dipak Misra

New Delhi,

On Monday, M Venkaiah Naidu Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman rejected the impeachment notice against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.

Sources said, “Naidu rejected the notice given by opposition parties led by the Congress for the impeachment of CJI Dipak Misra citing lack of substantial merit in it.”

The rejection of the notice comes a day after he held the consultations with such experts to determine the maintainability of the motion.

On Friday, Leaders of the opposition parties had met Rajya Sabha Chairman Naidu to hand over the notice of impeachment against the chief justice of India (CJI) bearing signatures of 64 MPs and seven former members, who recently retired.

The parties had briefed the media after handing over the notice to the Upper House chairman. The opposition parties, led by the Congress, initiated the unprecedented step to impeach the CJI by moving the notice leveling charges against him.

on Sunday, Naidu started the process of consultation on the impeachment notice and held discussions with a number of constitutional and legal experts, including Attorney General K K Venugopal, and former top law officer K Parasaran.

The vice president cut short his visit to Hyderabad and reached the capital to hold deliberations over the notice given by the seven opposition parties.

According to officials, “Naidu spoke to former Lok Sabha secretary general Subhash Kashyap, ex-law secretary P K Malhotra and former legislative secretary Sanjay Singh on the issue.”

He also held deliberations with senior officials of the Rajya Sabha Secretariat, they said, adding that Naidu also spoke to former Supreme Court judge B Sudarshan Reddy.

The officials said “the vice president also spoke to the attorney general on the issue, Naidu continued with the deliberations till late in the evening and also spoke to K Parasaran, who was the attorney general during the Congress governments led by Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi and was also a member to the Upper House nominated by the party.”

According to the provisions in the handbook for Rajya Sabha members, no advance publicity should be given to any notice to be taken up in the House till it is admitted by the chairman.

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