Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu conducting the proceedings in the Rajya Sabha during the inaugural day of the Winter Session, New Delhi. (Source: PTI)

Decision To Reject Chief Justice of India’s Impeachment Came After Due Diligence: Naidu

Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu today said that his decision to reject the impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra was “timely and not a hasty one” coming after over a month of due diligence, according to sources.

Freedom of expression allows an impeachment motion but ultimately the truth prevails, PTI sources quoted Naidu as saying, a day after he rejected the impeachment motion. Naidu said that he was justified in what he did, the sources added.

He said that his decision was in strict conformity with the provisions of the Constitution and the Judges Inquiry Act of 1968.

“I have done my job and am satisfied with it,” Naidu was quoted as telling a group of 10 Supreme Court lawyers who met him to compliment him over the decision.

According to sources, Naidu said the chief justice of India is the highest judicial functionary of the country and “any issue in public domain concerning him requires to be resolved at the earliest following prescribed procedures so as to prevent the atmosphere from being further vitiated.”

Yesterday, Naidu rejected the notice by seven opposition parties, led by the Congress, to impeach the CJI on five grounds of “misbehaviour”, saying the allegations were neither “tenable nor admissible”.