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Farce or Obsolescence of Impeachment Process<sup>1</sup>

A.G. Noorani

in CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTS

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195678291
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080588 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.003.0069
Farce or Obsolescence of Impeachment Process1

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This chapter examines the impeachment process, looking at Justice V. Ramaswamy's resignation from the Supreme Court in 1993. It notes the patent unconstitutionality of the Lok Sabha's decision to reject the motion of impeachment after an oral whip had been issued by the ruling party, the Congress(I), to its members to abstain from voting. It argues that the Lok Sabha flouted the ruling of the Supreme Court on 27 August 1992 and betrayed the trust reposed in it by the founding fathers of the Constitution. The party in the majority in the House is entirely responsible and the blame falls mainly on the shoulders of its leader, Mr P. V. Narasimha Rao. In addition, the chapter presents a different view of the impeachment process, showing that for many years in the USA, impeachment has been a thoroughly discredited process.

Keywords: Justice V. Ramaswamy's resignation; patent unconstitutionality; Lok Sabha; P. V. Narasimha Rao; impeachment

Chapter.  1693 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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