Cong MP`s charge of witnessing bribing judge kicks up row

Last Updated: Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 19:16

Thiruvananthapuram: Congress MP K
Sudhakaran`s claim that he was witness to the bribing of a
Supreme Court judge in a bar licence case years back has
kicked up a row with lawyers and political leaders demanding
an enquiry into the serious allegation against Judiciary.

While speaking at a public meeting organised at
Kottarakkara in Kollam last night, Sudhakaran had said that 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.
Sudhakaran, who represents Kannur in the Lok Sabha, made
the claim without naming the judge at a function organised by
the UDF 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.

Reacting to the controversial statement, Chief Minister
V S Achuthanandan said he hoped the Court would take a serious
note of Sudhakaran`s charge.

Replying to reporters` queries on the issue, he sought to
know whether Sudhakaran would specify the name of the judge
instead of making vague statements.
Kerala Bar Council today adopted a resolution demanding a
thorough enquiry into the allegations of Sudhakaran.

CPI-M Kerala state secretariat also wanted the Apex Court
to order a suo motu enquiry into the bribery charge against
the Judiciary.

A party statement here said the enquiry was necessary to
restore the image of the Judiciary, which had been tarnished
by the allegation.

Meanwhile, Sudhakaran told reporters here that he stood
by what he had said and was ready to face legal proceedings in
connection with the issue. "My conscience is my witness," he
said, adding he had been carrying the matter in his mind for
long.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 19:16

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