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Sep 05, 2011 at 08:56am IST

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Sources have told CNN-IBN that the government is unlikely to pass the Impeachment motion against Justice Soumitra Sen in the Lok Sabha. Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar is expected to seek the views of all parties on Monday, on whether to proceed with the impeachment of Sen in the Lok Sabha.

Justice Sen had resigned last week, in a bid to avoid being removed, and his resignation was accepted by President Pratibha Patil.

Government on Sunday night took the unusual step of notifying the resignation of Justice Soumitra Sen of the Calcutta High Court, strengthening speculation that the impeachment proceedings against him in the Lok Sabha scheduled for Monday may be dropped.

LS unlikely to take up justice Sen's removal

Sources say the govt is unlikely to pass the impeachment motion in the LS after the President accepted his resignation.

Justice Sen's resignation after he had been impeached by the Rajya Sabha last month and just ahead of similar proceedings in the Lok Sabha has created a piquant situation for the Government.

The predominant legal view is that the proceedings in the Lower House have been rendered infructuous by the judge's resignation but some voices in the political spectrum still

favour going ahead with the process.

In the normal course, such a notification is not required since the resignation of a constitutional authority is deemed to be accepted if it is in order.

"The Department of Justice has sent a notification for the assent of the President for acceptance of Justice Soumitra Sen's resignation which was signed after she arrived here from Hyderabad," official sources said.

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar was being informed about the developments and she may consult various political parties before taking a final call prior to the meeting of the House on Monday.

(With additional information from PTI)

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