Justice Soumitra Sen of the Calcutta High Court resigned on Thursday, five days before his impeachment motion was to taken up in the Lok Sabha.”I have put in my papers today,” Justice Sen, against whom the Rajya Sabha has approved an impeachment motion, told PTI in Kolkata on Thursday.
“I have decided not to go to the Lok Sabha and instead put in my papers,” Sen, who was to have appeared before the Lok Sabha on 5th September, said.”I have sent my resignation to President Pratibha Patil and a copy of it to the Lok Sabha Speaker,” he said.
In his letter to the President, Justice Sen has said that since Rajya Sabha has decided in its wisdom that he should not continue as a judge, he is resigning and wants to live as a common citizen, his lawyer Subhash Bhattacharya said.The Rajya Sabha had on 18th August overwhelmingly approved the impeachment motion against Justice Sen.
Justice Sen was held guilty of misappropriating Rs. 33.23 lakh in a 1983 case.
All parties except BSP were of the view that Sen was guilty.
Sen’s impeachment was the first in the Rajya Sabha after he was found guilty of misappropriating Rs 33.23 lakh under his custody as a court-appointed receiver in the capacity as a lawyer, and misrepresenting facts before a Calcutta court in a 1983 case.
Impeachment proceedings followed motions moved by Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) and Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley after an Inquiry Committee, appointed by the Rajya Sabha Chairman and headed by Supreme Court Judge B Sudershan Reddy, held Sen guilty of misconduct.
Justice P D Dinakaran, Chief Justice of the Sikkim High Court, against whom the Rajya Sabha Chairman had set up a judicial panel to enquire into allegations of corruption, had resigned on 29th July this year, before impeachment proceedings could be initiated against him.
The first such case involved the impeachment motion in Lok Sabha of Justice V Ramaswami of the Supreme Court in May 1993 which fell due to lack of numbers after Congress members abstained.