Rajya Sabha members seek impeachment of Telangana High Court judge

New Delhi: Over 60 Rajya Sabha members moved a petition on Monday seeking impeachment proceedings against a judge of the Andhra Pradesh/Telangana High Court alleging atrocities against a Dalit judicial officer. The Rajya Sabha Secretariat confirmed receiving the petition from 61 MPs and said a decision on its validity will be taken in the next two days after examining the matter.

But experts said, under the Judges Enquiry Act, 1968, the petition is bound to be admitted. The petition, mainly signed by TDP and Left MPs, alleged that Justice CV Nagarjuna Reddy committed atrocities against a Dalit principal junior civil judge in Kadappa district to allegedly put pressure on him in a criminal case.

As per provisions of the Judges Inquiry Act of 1968, if the motion is admitted, the Speaker of Lok Sabha or the Chairman constitutes an investigation committee consisting of three members, including two judges. Hundred members of the Lok Sabha or 50 members of the Rajya Sabha have to sign the petition of impeachment.