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  • 1. Date:27/06/2009 URL:http://www.thehindu.com/2009/06/27/stories/2009062761911000.htmBackNationalSudershan Reddy to head Sen impeachment panelP. SunderarajanNEW DELHI: Chief Justice of India K. G. Balakrishnan has named Justice B. SudershanReddy of the Supreme Court chairman of the three-member panel set up by the Rajya Sabha tolook into the issue of impeachment proceedings against Justice Soumitra Sen of the CalcuttaHigh Court.This was announced by Union Law and Justice Minister M. Veerappa Moily here on Friday.“In the last 60 years, impeachment proceedings have not been successful. This time it is going tohappen in Soumitra Sen’s case,” Mr. Moily said.Justice Reddy replaces Justice D.K. Jain, who indicated earlier this month that he would not beable to serve on the panel. Reiterating the government’s resolve to reduce the pendency ofcriminal cases, including those involving corruption, he said 100 CBI courts would be set up forexpeditious trial of cases under the Prevention of Corruption Act.As for criminal cases of a heinous nature, including those against politicians, the Minister said thegovernment would pay serious attention so that fast track courts could complete the trial quickly.Replying to a query, Mr. Moily denied that the government was delaying the execution of thedeath sentence on Afzal Guru, who has been convicted in the Parliament attack case. Notingthat a number of similar cases were already awaiting execution pending decisions on mercypetitions, he said, “You cannot pick, choose and hang. Nowhere does it happen in the world,including Pakistan.”Noting that no country which had the rule of law could have a hanging carried out “at thediscretion of a political party,” Mr. Moily said there was need for evolving a mechanism forquick disposal of mercy petitions.To another question on giving the Central Bureau of Investigation permission to prosecuteKerala CPI(M) secretary Pinarayi Vijayan in a graft case, the Minister wondered why theMarxist leader was hesitant to face the court. “In a corruption case, politics should not bebrought in... If he has faith in the judiciary, why should he worry? If a particular person isinnocent, why is he hesitant to face the judiciary?”© Copyright 2000 - 2009 The Hindu