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Justice Ramaswami

  • Name of Judge: Justice V.Ramaswami
  • Post Held at Relevant Time: Chief Justice of P&H High Court
  • Current Status: Rtd. Judge of Supreme Court of India
  • Analysis/Comment/Critique:
    The first-ever impeachment motion against a SC judge, Justice V. Ramaswami, was signed by 108 MPs in 1991. A year later, an inquiry found Ramaswami “guilty of willful and gross misuses of office… “While serving as the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court”. Ramaswami survived the impeachment process as Parliament got divided along regional lines, southern MPs strongly supported him. Only 196 members of Parliament, less than the required two-thirds, voted for his ouster.
  • Additional documents in support of critique:Motion of Impeachment – pdf
    A Historic non-impeachment –pdf
  • Details of individual / organisation writing critique:
    Name: Committee on Judicial Accountability
    Address: 66 Lawyers Chambers, Supreme Court of India, New Delhi
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