PIL filed against Balakrishnan; son-in-law quits Youth Congress
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 06, 2011, 00:59
Thiruvananthapuram: In fresh troubles for former CJI K G Balakrishnan, a petition was filed Wednesday in a vigilance court seeking a probe into charges against his family members while his son-in-law P V Sreenijan resigned from Youth Congress amid charges of amassing wealth.

Admitting the petition filed by an NGO in the vigilance court in Thrissur, judge V Jayaraman posted for January 18 the case, in which Balakrishnan is the first respondent, followed by his brother K G Bhaskaran and Sreenijan.

The petition by George Vattakulam, president of Malayala Vedi, pleaded for an inquiry by Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau into allegations of amassing of wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income by Bhaskaran and Sreenijan during Balakrishnan's tenure as CJI.

Sreenijan, who is already facing a vigilance probe, sent in his resignation from primary membership of the Youth Congress to its state president, after he failed to get any political support from the party which sought an explanation from him.

According to sources, the issue figured prominently at the meeting of the Youth Congress state committee where some office bearers even demanded a CBI probe into the allegations against the family members of Balakrishnan.

Sreenijan, a former state Youth Congress vice president, had unsuccessfully contested the last assembly polls on Congress ticket from Njarakkal segment in Erakulam district.

Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan, meanwhile, said his government would also take action against Bhaskaran if any complaint was received against him.

Facing charges of amassing wealth in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, Bhaskaran had yesterday gone on medical leave after Advocate General asked him to either quit as special government pleader in the state high court or go on leave.

The issue also assumed political dimensions with eminent jurist V R Krishna Iyer strongly resenting the silence of the CPI-M leadership on the raging controversy.

"When there is duty to speak,I feel there is duty to speak. Silence is guilt," the former Supreme Court judge told reporters in Kochi.

Congress MP from Kannur, K Sudhakaran, alleged that there had been an "unholy nexus" between Sreenijan and the CPI-M, as the latter had "received his services". Sudhakaran said this was why the CPI-M leadership was remaining silent though some of its youth leaders had initially demanded inquiry into the allegations.


First Published: Thursday, January 06, 2011, 00:59

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