New Delhi: The scam taint on former chief justice of India KG Balakrishnan grew bigger on Wednesday after a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed against him in the Supreme Court seeking his removal as National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chief.
Alleging that Balakrishnan and his family members have amassed huge wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income, the PIL, filed by lawyer ML Sharma, also sought a judicial enquiry against the ex-CJI.
Clearly, pressure is growing on Balakrishnan to quit his post and clear his name to uphold the sanctity of Indian Judiciary, but he has been all along putting up a brave face.
This despite the ongoing vigilance probe by the Kerala government into disproportions assets held by his son-in-law Sreemijan, who was forced to resign from the membership of Youth Congress in view of the allegations.
A former state vice-president of Youth Congress, Sreenijan had been under pressure from his own party after coming under the shadow allegation that he had built assets disproportionate to his income as a lawyer.
According to Youth Congress sources, the resignation of Sreenijan had been accepted by the state YC chief P C Vishnu Nath. The issue came up hotly in the state committee meeting of the Youth Congress held here today, attended by its national secretary Rizwan Arshad.
Sreenijan had unsuccessfully contested the last Assembly polls from Njarakkal segment in Erakulam district.
He had failed to receive any political relief with leaders of his own party distancing themselves from him.
Balakrishnan’s another son-in-law, MJ Benny, is also in the dock over his assets. As per media reports, Benny has acquired lands worth Rs 80 lakhs though his annual income was only Rs 6 lakh between 2008 and 2010.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan said the
Government would also take action against Balakrishnan's
younger brother K G Bhaskaran, a government pleader, if any
complaint was received.
Coming under the shadow of charges of amassing wealth,
Bhaskaran had yesterday gone on medical leave after Advocate
General suggesting him to either quit or go on leave in the
wake of charges against him.
With PTI inputs
First Published: Wednesday, January 05, 2011, 16:49