Lawyers tell SC collegium not to elevate Dinakaran

Last Updated: Saturday, November 28, 2009 - 18:57

New Delhi: Bar Association of India, led by
eminent jurist Fali S Nariman, on Saturday appealed to the Supreme
Court Collegium to desist from elevating Karnataka High Court
Chief Justice P D Dinakaran to the apex court to "save the
credibility of the judiciary".

In a resolution adopted at its meeting, the association
said it was not the question whether charges against Justice
Dinakaran were correct or not, but whether appointment of such
a persons whose integrity was "widely perceived to be
doubtful" would affect the faith of common man in the judicial
institution.

"The Bar Association of India (BAI) most fervently and
and seriously appeals to the Collegium of the Supreme Court
not to proceed further with his (Dinakaran) recommendation for
the appointment to the apex court and save the credibility of
judiciary in the eyes of the people," the resolution said.

It read, "We therefore, request the Collegium to put an
end to the controversy immediately by a simple announcement
that the recommendation already made will not be followed any
further."

Neither the Indian Embassy in Washington, nor the
White House commented on it when approached by a news agency about it.

However, it is learnt that the Indian Embassy has
raised the issue with US officials concerned. It is believed
that the White House is also looking into the episode.

About 90 Indian journalists, including those who had
come with the Prime Minister, were present for the joint press
conference by Singh and President Barack Obama on November 24.

Burney said while others were allowed to enter, he was
told to wait.

US security officials apparently stopped Burney
because he had a different name on his passport on which his
earlier had been stapled. His old visa carried the name Abdul
Aziz Khan while the new one had Aziz Burney.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, November 28, 2009 - 18:57

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