New Delhi: Former Chief Justice of India
(CJI) K G Balakrishnan on Monday refuted allegations levelled by
tainted Calcutta High Court judge Soumitra Sen that he
recommended his impeachment without proof.
Balakrishnan, who had written to Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh after an in-house committee of judges held Sen guilty of
misconduct, said the Supreme Court had "received a report from
the then Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court" about
misappropriation of funds as a receiver in a case.
A proper decision was taken by the apex court as per the
procedures, he said about the in-house inquiry and his
reference in this regard to the Prime Minister.
Balakrishnan, who now is the NHRC Chairman, said Sen had
"continued to have with him that amount (Rs 33 lakh) received
as a receiver" even after appointment as High Court judge.
Balakrishnan, whose statement came through NHRC
spokesman, refused to delve further on the issue, pointing out
that the impeachment matter was before the Lok Sabha.
Sen, against whom the Rajya Sabha has passed the
impeachment motion, had alleged that then CJI wrongly
recommended the initiation of the motion in the Parliament by
writing a letter to the Prime Minister on August 4, 2008.
"In 1999, there was a resolution adopted in this regard
(by the Supreme Court) wherein, it was decided that in such
matters an in-house committee can be appointed by the Supreme
Court to look into such allegations," Balakrishnan said
responded while justifying the action of the apex court.
At the same time, he said, "I am not to pronounce guilty
or not guilty because the findings of an in-house committee
reports have already been forwarded to the Prime Minister as
per the procedures."