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A move led by the Congress to impeach the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, has been

blocked by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, who said it "lacked substantial merit". As Chairman
of the Rajya Sabha, Mr Naidu decided this morning to reject a motion signed by over 60
parliamentarians, which called for Justice Misra's impeachment six months before he retires on
five charges. The notice has "virtually no concrete verifiable imputation and doesn't deserve to
be admitted", Mr Naidu said in a 10-page order. The Congress' attempt has been criticised by
top jurists including Fari Nariman who say that it would set a dangerous precedent - for
example, the ruling party could attempt to remove a Chief Justice if it doesn't agree with his
decisions. Chief Justice Misra is hearing cases as usual at the Supreme Court today.