SSC Indian Polity and Civics Sample Paper NCERT Sample Paper-4

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    Where can impeachment proceedings against the President be initiated?

    A)  In Lok Sabha

    B)  At a joint sitting of the two Houses specially called for the purpose

    C)  In either House of Parliament

    D)  In the Supreme Court

    Correct Answer: C

    Solution :

    [c] The process may start in either of the two houses of the Parliament. The house initiates the process by levelling the charges against the President. The charges are contained in a notice that has to be signed by at least one quarter of the total members of that house. The notice is sent up to the President and 14 days later, it is taken up for consideration. A resolution to impeach the President has to be passed by a special majority (two-third majority of the total number of members of the originating house). It is then sent to the other house. The other house investigates the charges that have been made. During this process, the President has the right to defend oneself through an authorised counsel. If the second house also approves the charges made by special majority again, the President stands impeached and is deemed to have vacated his/her office from the date when such a resolution stands passed. Other than impeachment, no other penalty can be given to the President for the violation of the Constitution.

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