Kannur (Ker): Facing flak for his `anti-
judiciary` remarks, Congress MP K Sudhakaran on Thursday said he
regretted the embarrassment caused by his comments to the
party but would explain his position to the leadership.
"My intention was not to attack the judiciary, but to
express concern over the unhealthy trend among certain
sections of judicial officers. I regret the embarrassment it
caused to my party. I will explain my stand to AICC President
Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and KPCC President
Ramesh Chennithala," he told reporters here.
The judiciary and judicial officers should be seen
separately, he said, adding what he had sought to raise were
political and social issues. Whatever statements are made by
Congress leaders in their speeches need not always be taken as
the party`s official position, he said.
In a speech at a public meeting on February 12 at
Kottarakkara in Kollam district, Sudhakaran had said he was
witness to a judge being bribed, apparently for getting a
favourable decision in a case seeking restoration of bar
licences cancelled by the Kerala High Court.
"While referring to unhealthy trends in the judiciary,
I had only mentioned an incident which came to my mind at the
time," he said.
He said he would explain what he had said at the
appropriate forum if called upon to do that.
Sudhakaran, who represents Kannur in Lok Sabha, made
the claim without naming the judge at a function organised to
extend moral support to Kerala Congress-B leader R Balakrishna
Pillai, who was recently sentenced to one year imprisonment by
the Supreme Court in a corruption case.
Virtually disapproving of Sudhakaran`s remarks,
Opposition leader and former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had
said that there should not be attempts from any quarter to
question the judiciary`s credibility.
Former Chief Justice of India Justice V N Khare had
also termed the allegations are ridiculous, but said it should
be probed and if not proved, then Sudhakaran should face legal