Top jurists on Wednesday initiated a move to seek the removal of Karnataka High Court Chief Justice P.D. Dinakaran, holding a series of meetings with opposition parties to garner support for moving a motion in Parliament.
In a separate development, veteran lawyer Fali S. Nariman and Supreme Court Bar Association president M.N. Krishnamani met Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan.
They handed over a memorandum signed by 50 senior lawyers demanding that Dinakaran, who is facing allegations of corruption and land grabbing, should not be promoted to the Supreme Court.
A lawyers’ delegation began consultations with top leaders of many opposition parties to decide in which House of Parliament the motion for Dinakaran’s removal (impeachment) should be moved.
Impeachment proceedings against a sitting Supreme Court or a high court judge can only be initiated if the motion is signed by 50 Rajya Sabha MPs or 100 Lok Sabha MPs.
“We fully support the demand,” said CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury. “In our view a judge with doubtful integrity should not continue in his position.”
JD(U) president Sharad Yadav said: “I agree with the eminent jurists who met me and shared details of the shocking case with me.”
The BJP also indicated its broad support for the move. “We will not disappoint the senior lawyers,” said a party source.