Charge of amassing illegal property against ex-CJI Balakrishnan

Trouble is brewing for former CJI K G Balakrishnan, with allegations of amassing of property worth crores of rupees surfacing against his son-in-law & former Supreme Court judge V R Krishna Iyer demanded a judicial probe into it.

Kochi: Trouble is brewing for former Chief
Justice of India K G Balakrishnan, with allegations of
amassing of property worth crores of rupees surfacing against
his son-in-law and former Supreme Court judge V R Krishna Iyer
on Monday demanded a judicial probe into it.

In a statement here, Iyer urged Parliament and the Prime
Minister to appoint a high-powered commission to inquire into
the issue.

"The President of India must require politely Balakrishnan
to resign", Justice Iyer said of Justice Balakrishnan who is
the National Human Rights Commission Chairman.

A Malayalam television channel had aired a report stating
that P V Sreenijan, son-in-law of Justice Bakakrishnan, had
within a span of four years purchased flats, landed properties
in prime locations in various parts of Ernakulam and Thrissur
districts, which are at present valued at over Rs 7 crore.

Sreenijan and Justice Balakrishnan declined to comment on
the allegations.

Sreenijan, a lawyer by profession and a former vice
president of Youth Cognress, is married to Justice
Balakrishnan`s daughter K G Sony and had unsuccessfully
contested the 2006 assembly polls from the Njarackkal assembly
constituency in Ernakulam.

As per the report, Sreenijan`s affidavit to the Election
Commission then had stated that he had a bank balance of Rs
25,000 and no landed property.

"The Press has disclosed now that the son-in-law and
daughter have amassed wealth under suspicious circumstances
indirectly due to dubious linkage with the Chief Justice. This
is atrocious and must be inquired into", Iyer said.

There should be a Performance Commission into the conduct
of judges where common people who have grievances of judicial
corruption may have access and the commission should
investigate into the charges without fear or favour, affection
or ill will, he said.

Kerala PCC President Ramesh Chennithala today said he
would look into the allegations.

T V Rajesh, state Secretary of the Democratic Youth
Federation of India (DYFI), youth wing of the CPI(M), has
also demanded a probe into the allegations.

-PTI

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