Parliament disrupted over Katju`s claims on corruption in judiciary, AIADMK seeks probe

By Ajith Vijay Kumar | Last Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014 - 13:47

Zee Media Bureau/Ajith Vijay Kumar

New Delhi: The sensational disclosure by former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju on corruption in judiciary has triggered a political fight with the AIADMK MPS raising the issue in the Rajya Sabha on Monday.

As soon as Rajya Sabha convened, AIADMK MPs started to raise slogans over the issue forcing the adjourned of the house till noon.

Similar scenes were witnessed in the Lok Sabha as well with AIADMK members demanding that the government order a probe into the allegations made by Katju, they also wanted Home Minister to clarify on the issue.

In his Blog, Katju claimed that in 2005 a Tamil Nadu-based political party had arm-twisted the UPA government to ensure that a tainted judge was allowed to keep his job despite being named in several cases of corruption.

While he criticised the then UPA ally in Tamil Nadu, Katju had also praised AIADMK chief and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who was also CM during Katju`s tenure as chief justice of Madras High Court, of having never interfered in the working of the judiciary.
Parties across the political spectrum have reacted to Katju`s disclosures. Most parties questioned the timing of the revelations and suggested that the noted jurist should have raised his voice at that time.

Stung by the damning claim by Katju, the Congress said that raking up of the issue after a long time was inappropriate and alleged that the Press Council Chairman wants to get the attention of the new government at the Centre.

Former law minister Veerappa Moily said that Katju should have raised the issue at that point of time.
CPI`s D raja also echoed similar views.

Sanjay Raut of the Shiv Sena said, “If he (Katju) had said then, he had more power. His words won`t get much weight now.”

First Published: Monday, July 21, 2014 - 12:02

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