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Now dalit card being played in the Dinakaran case
Politics over Justice Dinakaran impeachment doesn't seem to die out. Congress says that that there will be no impeachment in a hurry. Mayawati has stepped in to play the dalit card stealing the show from the Congress.
POLITICS OVER Dinakaran impeachment doesn’t seem to die out. Mayawati has stepped in to play the dalit card stealing the show from the Congress.

The Congress says that that there will be no impeachment in a hurry. According to some government sources, the forum comprising dalit MPs have raised valid concerns and that these concerns need to be paid attention at first. The dalit forum comprising as many as 97 MPs would be meeting the Prime Minister and Vice President Hamid Ansari.

On Saturday (December 19), Mayawati wrote a letter to the Prime Minister saying Dinakaran should be given a chance to defend himself. This came after some Congress dalit MPs decided to oppose the Karnataka chief justices ouster. She has asked the Prime Minister to give Dinakaran a chance to defend himself in the corruption cases against him.

There are a number of charges against the judge including a disproportionate assets case. He is also charged with amassing 440 acres of land worth 110 crore rupees in Thiruvalluvar district in Tamil Nadu, part of which was government land.
The most recent allegation was that he ruled in favour of his friends in land dispute case.

We know that Article 124 of the Constitution governs the removal of a Supreme Court or High Court judge. A judge can only be removed on grounds of proven misbehaviour or incapacity.
Impeachment proceedings can be initiated in either House of parliament and must be passed in both Houses by a two-third majority of all members present and voting.
The impeachment motion must be presented to the President in the same session. It is only when the President gives her a nod and passes an order that the judge can remove from office.
According to the Judicial Enquiry Act of 1968, the chairman of the Rajya Sabha must constitute a committee to probe the charges against Dinakaran. The three member committee of eminent judges must examine the evidence against Dinakaran and then frame charges.

The law says Dinakaran will have the chance to defend himself. If the committee is convinced that the charges against him still stand, it presents its recommendation to the house. The house then takes the committee's report into consideration while voting on the motion.

Prashant Bhushan, senior advocate of Supreme Court is of the opinion, that Justice Dinakaran will be given a chance by the enquiry committee to defend himself.

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