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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Q. Is there any provision to initiate impeachment proceedings against the Governor, Attorney General and Comptroller and Auditor General?

Ans. The Governor and the Attorney General are appointed by the President. The Governor is appointed for a period of five years but the President can remove him from office even before the expiry of such period, because the Governor remains in his office during the pleasure of the President. Similarly, the Attorney General can also be removed by the President before the expiry of his term of office as he also remains in his office during the pleasure of the President. The Comptroller and Auditor General is appointed by the President for a period of 6 years or up to the age of 65 years (whichever is earlier). The Comptroller and Auditor General can be removed from his office on the basis of Impeachment Resolution passed by both Houses of Parliament by special majority (the majority of the total members and 2/3 of the members present and voting). The impeachment proceedings against the Comptroller and Auditor General can be initiated in Parliament only on the ground of proved misbehavior or incapacity.

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