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Lok Sabha may take up motion against Justice Sen in September

Thursday's unprecedented motion adopted by the Rajya Sabha, for the removal of Justice Soumitra Sen of the Calcutta High Court for misappropriation of funds, is expected to come up before the Lok Sabha in September first week.

The Business Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday to formalise the dates for the House to consider the motion. Once the dates are fixed, the Lok Sabha Secretariat will serve notice to Justice Sen, asking whether he would like to present his case before the members. As per law, once a motion for removal of a constitutional authority is adopted by one of the two Houses, it will have to be considered by the other during the same session. If, for any reason, it does not come up before the second House, it will be deemed null and void.

The mood in a majority of the parties is to take the motion against Justice Sen to its logical conclusion. The sense among the MPs was evident in the Rajya Sabha, where 189 members endorsed it. Only 17 members voted against it.

Those who rallied to save Justice Sen were all members of the Bahujan Samaj Party. Members of the Trinamool Congress abstained. The pattern is not expected to be any different in the Lok Sabha.

Unlike as in the Rajya Sabha, where the motion was moved by Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury, there is no requirement for any member of the Lok Sabha to introduce a similar motion.

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