Responding to queries raised by it, the Rajya Sabha Secretariat has told a committee going into the issue of impeachment of Justice P D Dinakaran that it has all the powers of a civil court.
The Secretariat has made it known to the three-member committee headed by Supreme Court judge V S Sirpurkar that for the purpose of making any investigation under the Judges (Enquiry) Act, it has the powers of a civil court.
The panel going into the issue of impeachment of Justice Dinakaran over land grabbing allegations was set up late last year in the wake of Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari admitting a notice from a group of 75 MPs in this regard.
The Secretariat gave the advice to the panel following certain clarifications sought by it recently, contending that some more details were needed before the charges could be framed, sources said.
The committee comprising Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court J S Khehar and senior advocate P P Rao wanted to know whether the MPs who had signed the memorandum which led to the motion being admitted in the Upper House would be able to give the clarifications.
The 55-page notice, listing 12 acts of alleged misbehaviour by Justice Dinakaran, was submitted to Ansari under Judges (Enquiry) Act, 1968. Barring Congress and DMK, MPs of almost all parties in Rajya Sabha had signed it.
Under the Constitution, judges of Supreme Court and High Court can be removed only through impeachment in Parliament.
An impeachment process against a Supreme Court judge Justice V Ramaswamy in the early 1990s fell through when the motion was not carried in the Lok Sabha.