Son’s dismissal could mean trouble for the Meghalaya High Court Judge V P Vaish
With the Delhi High Court terminating the services of Metropolitan Magistrate Nitesh Gupta, his father Justice Ved Prakash Vaish, now in Meghalaya High Court may be in trouble too. As per the reports, a few days ago, the Delhi High Court terminated the services of the newly recruited Magistrate Nitesh Gupta for finding Rs.5.73 crores in his accounts. His claim that this amount was an “interest-free loan” from somebody was found to be unsatisfactory. It is a genuine question as to how Rs.5.73 crores came into the account of a young Magistrate, who recently joined the service. Nitesh Gupta’s selection as a Magistrate was also controversial when his father Justice V P Vaish was a Judge in the Delhi High Court. There were allegations of nepotism in the selection process.
The Modi government, by firing a Magistrate has given a strong message to the judiciary. Those who are caught red handed with unexplained income will be named, shamed and thrown out.
Father V P Vaish, who started his career in the Delhi District Courts, was the Registrar General of Delhi High Court, before being selected as a High Court Judge in Delhi High Court in April 2013, during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) tenure. Justice V P Vaish’s actions in the politically sensitive National Herald case were controversial. In August 2014, he stayed the trial court order of summoning Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, and other Congress leaders. After sitting on the case for about six months, all of a sudden Justice Vaish recused himself from the case without giving any reason in January 2015.
During this period in December 2014, Justice Vaish took a controversial decision by quashing the CBI trial of Sonia Gandhi’s Private Secretary Vincent George. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to direct the CBI to appeal against this controversial decision, which has not yet been acted upon.
Anyway, Justice Vaish was soon transferred to Meghalaya High Court in May 2016. Now his son, a Magistrate in Delhi Courts is terminated for finding unexplainable money. Father Justice V P Vaish can’t evade from this shameful incident in Judiciary. There were talks in legal circles that the father may resign as an escape route. Being a High Court Judge, the only punishment as per the Constitution is Impeachment by Parliament. That has to be moved forward by political parties. Will they move Impeachment Motion against Justice V P Vaish? Or like in the case of errant Judge Justice Karnan, will Supreme Court remove him from judicial duties? The Supreme Court can only remove him from Judicial duties and post him in some administrative duties. Only Parliament can act through an impeachment motion by terminating his services. Will political parties act? Or will they make noise and delay the actual impeachment proceedings, giving enough time for V P Vaish to exit by resigning?
The Modi government, by firing a Magistrate has given a strong message to the judiciary. Those who are caught red handed with unexplained income will be named, shamed and thrown out. This will instil fear in the hearts of the corrupt judges who permeate the system at every level in India.
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