Did Raja threaten Madras HC judge?

Last year Madras HC judge Reghupathy had revealed that a Union minister sought to influence him.

Last Updated: Dec 08, 2010, 00:12 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Chennai: A year after Madras High Court judge R Reghupathy told an open court that a Union minister sought to influence him to grant anticipatory bail to a doctor and his son in a forged mark sheets case filed by CBI, it was revealed Tuesday that the minister in question was none other than former telecom minister A Raja.

Raja was named as part of an order passed by High Court judge Ibrahim Khalifullah with regard to cancelling of the license of Bar Council of Tamil Nadu chairman Chandramohan - found guilty of trying to pressurising Justice Reghupathy for a favourable judgement in favour of his client.

In his order, Justice Khalifullah has mentioned excerpts from the letter written by Justice Reghupathy on July 2, 2009 to then Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan.

Justice Raghupathy in his letter, details of which are known for the first time, said that Chandramohan had met him in his chamber on June 12, 2009 and asked for a favourable judgement for his clients, Krishnamurthy and his son Shridhar, as they are close to a Union minister.

However, surprisingly, former Chief Justice Balakrishnan told a TV channel that no complaint letter from Justice Reghupathy had reached him in this matter. He evaded any direct question on A Raja. He said he had got a report from the Chief Justice of Madras HC on the incident, though.

Reghupathy had further written to the CJI that Chandramohan had told him that the Union minister by the name Raja was on phone and wants to talk to him, but he refused and told Chandramohan in no certain terms that law will take its own course.

The CBI had filed a case against the father-son duo for allegedly using the services of a Puducherry University official and a middle man to inflate the marks of Shridhar.

However, the man in the eye of various storms, A Raja rejected fresh charges against him.