New Delhi: Appearing before the Rajya Sabha in an impeachment motion, Justice Soumitra Sen of the Calcutta high court on Wednesday said allegations of misconduct and misappropriation of funds against him were aimed at victimising him in a pre-determined move.
In his almost two-hour defence in the Upper House which converted in a court for the first time, Sen pleaded for justice.
He said, “I have exhausted my remedies in accordance with law. I have come here to seek justice. If you impeach me, it will be the gravest of injustice done ever. Kindly apply your mind before deciding on the judgement, as it is a question of my life.”
He said, even if he was impeached, he would “scream from the rooftop that I have not misapropriated...I am being made a sacrificial lamb to cleanse the judiciary.”
He also said that tarnishing the image of a judge is like tarnishing the image of the judiciary.
Justice Sen appeared before a ‘bar´ “posted” at the gate of the central aisle of the Upper House facing the chairman Hamid Ansari as CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury moved two motions against him.
As the impeachment proceedings were about to start, Ansari asked the marshals: “Is Justice Sen in attendance?...Bring him to the Bar of the House.”
The motions supported by Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley was on grounds of misconduct by Sen on account of misappropriation of large sums of money, which he received in his capacity as receiver before his elevation to the High Court. The second ground is that he misrepresented facts with regard to the misappropriation of money before the High Court.