SC asks AG on status of complaint against Balakrishnan

Last Updated: Friday, February 18, 2011 - 21:29

New Delhi: A PIL petition on Friday raked up
the issue of alleged amassing of wealth by former Chief
Justice of India K G Balakrishnan and his relatives before the
Supreme Court which sought from the Attorney General the
status of an earlier similar complaint seeking a CBI probe.

The court asked Attorney General G E Vahanvati to
convey to it the progress on the complaint filed last year in
which allegations were made against Balakrishnan, his brother,
son, son-in-laws and daughter-in-laws of accumulating
financial assets after he assumed the office of CJI.
"What is the status of the complaint forwarded to the
Ministry of Home Affairs?," a bench headed by Chief Justice S
H Kapadia sought to know while hearing a PIL filed by advocate
M L Sharma seeking judicial enquiry into the alleged
disproportionate assets of the former CJI.

The court made it clear that it will adjourn the
matter and wait till the Attorney General comes out with the
status of the complaint which was filed on May 5 last before
the Vice President and forwarded to the Ministry of Home
Affairs.

"We will adjourn the matter. We don`t want to go by
this petition because much is to be desired as far as
pleadings are concerned in this petition," the bench, also
comprising justices K S Radhakrishnan and Swatanter Kumar,
said while asking Vahanvati to answer its query within two
weeks.

The complaint was filed by a Delhi-based journalist M
Furkan seeking a CBI probe into the assets of Balakrishnan
and his family members.

The copy of the complaint was sent to Justice Kapadia,
who had by then been designated to assume the office of CJI
after Balakrishnan`s retirement on May 12, 2010.

A similar complaint was also filed before the
President on May 4 last year and copies were sent to several
people including the Prime Minister and UPA chairperson Sonia
Gandhi.
The Vice President had referred the complaint to the
Home Ministry "for appropriate attention".

Balakrishnan served in the apex court for 10 years
since his appointment as the judge on June 8, 2000 and became
the CJI on January 14, 2007.

The complainant had also demanded that Balakrishnan
should not be appointed as the Chief of National Human Rights
Commission (NHRC), a post he is holding now now.

The apex court has taken note of the complaint when
the Income Tax has begun a preliminary enquiry into the
allegations of amassing of wealth by his family members.

Sources in the IT department had reportedly said a
`preliminary enquiry` was on.

In the complaint filed by the journalist, specific
allegations have been made against Balakrishnan`s son Pradeep,
his son-in-laws P V Sreenijin, Benny and daughter-in-laws Soni
and Rani.

The complaint also spoke about allegations against
Balakrishna`s younger brother K G Bhaskaran, who resigned as
a Government Pleader in Kerala High Court following charges of
corruption against him.

The Kerala government has ordered a vigilance probe
against Sreenijan and various lawyers associations have also
demanded that Justice Balakrishnan should resign and face
probe to clear his name.

PTI

First Published: Friday, February 18, 2011 - 21:29
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