South Asia

Indian judge could be impeached for 'corruption'

Justice Soumitra Sen
Image caption Justice Sen says he did nothing wrong

A High Court judge in the eastern Indian city of Calcutta faces possible impeachment after a judicial committee found him guilty of corruption.

Justice Soumitra Sen misappropriated "large sums" of money and made false statements, said the three-member committee set up by parliament.

The indictment paves the way for impeachment proceedings against Justice Sen. He denies any wrongdoing.

It would be the first time such a senior Indian judge has been impeached.

Such a move requires a two-thirds majority in both houses of parliament.

In 1993 Justice Ramaswamy of the Supreme Court survived a vote to impeach him.