Manmohan Singh refuses to comment on Katju`s claim regarding appointment of corrupt judge
Former PM Manmohan Singh refused to comment on the claim by former SC judge Markandey Katju that 3 ex-CJIs made "improper compromises" during UPA rule in retaining a judge in TN under graft cloud.
New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday refused to comment on the claim by former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju that three ex-Chief Justices of India made "improper compromises" during UPA rule in retaining a judge in Tamil Nadu under corruption cloud.
When contacted for a reaction, Singh said he has nothing to say as former Law Minister H R Bhardwaj has already clarified the issue.
Bharadwaj earlier insisted that no "undue favours" were given to the judge because proper procedure was followed.
"So far as political threats to a coalition government is concerned there were always pressure(from allies) on appointment of judges which I never yielded," he said.
Meanwhile, close aides of the former Prime Minister asserted that nobody approached Singh at airport at any time during departure or arrival from a foreign visit as stated by Katju.
They said that there was, in fact, no scope for such a meeting at the airport as the then Prime Minister would get down from his car just next to the aircraft Air India One before boarding it.