New Delhi: In a fresh trouble for former Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan, the Kerala government on Monday ordered a vigilance probe into charges of amassing of disproportionate wealth by his son-in-law PV Sreenijin.
The probe was ordered by Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan.
Sreenijin has been accused of amassing property worth crores of rupees in a short span of time, disproportionate to his known sources of income.
Following the accusations leveled against his son-in-law, Balakrishnan faced pressure from various quarters to quit as chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
Among the leading voices has been retired Supreme Court judge Justice VR Krishna Iyer, who has demanded a high-level investigation into the allegations against his Sreenijin.
Meanwhile, Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily today virtually gave a clean chit to NHRC Chairman Balakrishnan, saying there is no evidence of misuse of office by him.
"I don`t have even a single piece of paper to say...these are all the allegations," Moily said, responding to a question on allegations against Balakrishnan`s son-in-law and against his brother which appeared in a section of the media.
Sreenijin, who had declared only assets worth Rs 25,000 in the affidavit filed in the 2006 Assembly polls (he was the Congress candidate from Njarackal,) now allegedly owns several prime properties, including a riverside plot of 2.5 acres at Annamanada in Thrissur.
He and his wife Sony have also said to have acquired a flat in the city, a plum office space near the High Court and 25 cents of land at Elamakkara (in the suburbs of Kochi) where the construction of a bungalow is in progress, according to media reports.
Both Sreenijin and Sony are practising advocates.