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Chief Justice Dipak Misra’s court starts 15 minutes late, but it is business as usual

Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday rejected the notice given by opposition parties led by the Congress for impeachment of the CJI.

india Updated: Apr 23, 2018 13:39 IST
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A motion to remove Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra was submitted to Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu on Friday. (PTI File Photo)

Supreme Court judges, including Chief Justice Dipak Misra, on Monday initiated court proceedings at 10.45am instead of the scheduled 10.30am amid speculation that they held a brief meeting on the issue of the impeachment notice against the CJI.

CJI Misra, who usually holds his court at 10.30am, entered the courtroom almost 15 minutes late and started hearing lawyers who wanted their petitions to be listed for urgent mentioning. (Live updates)

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy was among the first few litigants to mention his petition for urgent hearing.

The CJI’s courtroom was packed with lawyers, including those who had no matters to argue for.

Besides the Chief Justice, all other courts sat late at 10.45am to undertake Monday’s court proceedings.

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Speculation was rife among lawyers that judges held a brief, informal meeting before they started Monday’s business.

Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday rejected the notice given by opposition parties led by the Congress for impeachment of the CJI, citing lack of substantial merit in it.

Naidu held extensive consultations with top legal and constitutional experts, including former chief justices and judges, before taking the decision, sources said.

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