Petition against ex-CJI Balakrishnan returned for `curing defect`

A petition seeking an investigation against former CJI KG Balakrishnan, his brother and son-in-law, alleging amassing of wealth disproportionate to known sources of income was returned on Tuesday by a special court.

Last Updated: Jan 18, 2011, 16:42 PM IST

Thrissur: A petition seeking an
investigation against former CJI KG Balakrishnan, his brother
and son-in-law, alleging amassing of wealth disproportionate
to known sources of income was returned on Tuesday by a special
court here with a direction to `cure defects`.

Inquiry Commissioner and Special Judge (Vigilance) here, V
Jayaram observed that the first respondent Balakrishnan would
not come under the jurisdiction of the court and directed the
petitioner to submit a fresh petition in two weeks, removing
the name of the former CJI.

The judge gave the direction while returning the petition
filed by George Battukulam, state president of Malayalavedi,
(Malayalam Forum) against Balakrishnan, his brother KG
Bhaskaran and son-in-law PV Sreenijan.

Battukulam had in his complaint on January 5, sought an
investigation into alleged amassing of wealth disproportionate
to their known sources of income by the respondents, "with the
interference of Balakrishnan in his capacity as CJI".

The judge said the petitioner has not produced any
documents, except newspaper clippings, as evidence to try and
substantiate the allegation against the respondents.

Vattukulam submitted a fresh petition today itself, with
the respondents being Bhaskaran, Sreenijan and MB Benny.

Coming under the cloud of the allegations, Sreenijan had
resigned from the Youth Congress membership, while Bhaskaran
had relinquished the post of government pleader in the High
Court. A vigilance probe is on against Sreenijan.

PTI