Further trouble brewing for ex-cji
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 04, 2011, 21:49
Kochi/Thiruvananthapuram: In more embarassment for former CJI Justice K G Balakrishnan, his younger brother was today asked by Kerala government to resign as special pleader in the High Court or go on leave following allegations of amassing wealth disproprotionate to his known sources of income.

A day after the state government decided to order a vigilance probe against Balakrishnan's son-in-law P V Sreenijan on similar charges, K G Bhaskaran was asked by the Advocate General Sudhakara Prasad to either demit office or proceed on leave.

Bhaskaran, appointed as special government pleader for various cases relating to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, opted to go on medical leave, AG's office sources said.

The action came on a day when Kerala government set in motion the process of initiating a vigilance probe into alleged amassing of wealth by Sreenijan, an advocate.

State Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan referred to the Home Secretary the recommendation by Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan to hold an inquiry into allegations against Sreenijan, a former state vice-president of Youth Congress.

Achuthanandan told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram that the complaint had been forwarded to the Home Department which would urgently pursue the matter.

Bhaskaran had not been attending office since the court reopened after vacation yesterday.

Media reports said Bhaskaran had purchased about 60 acres in Dindigul in Tamil Nadu in 2005-06 in the name of his wife, four children and K G Praveen, a close relative of Balakrishnan, had built a farmhouse there. The property is reportedly up for sale.

Bhaskaran had said the media reports were 'exaggerated'. Achuthanandan had forwarded a complaint by one Samir from Mattanchery, seeking a vigilance probe against Sreenijan to the Home Minister, suggesting it would be appropriate to hold an inquiry by Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau.

Vigilance sources said the next step would be examination of various legal aspects of the case, including whether Sreenijan can be defined as a public servant.

In his complaint based on media reports, Samir alleged that Sreenijan had, within four years, purchased flats and land in prime locations in Ernakulam and Thrissur districts, now valued at over Rs seven crore.

Sreenijan, who had unsuccessfully contested the 2006 assembly polls from Njarackkal constituency in Ernakulam, had claimed in his affidavit to the Election Commission that he had a bank balance of Rs 25,000 and no landed property at that time.


First Published: Tuesday, January 04, 2011, 21:49

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