SC seek English translation of documents in Balakrishnan`s case
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Last Updated: Saturday, April 09, 2011, 00:21
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday sought official translation from Malyalam to English of documents relating to the property of former Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan and his kin against whom a petition has been filed seeking a CBI probe into their assets.

"The matter cannot be decided unless an official translation of documents in English is done properly," a bench headed by Chief Justice SH Kapadia said.

Advocate ML Sharma, who was permitted on March 4 to file additional documents, had placed the records of the properties written in Malayalam.

"You have submitted the documents written in Malyalam. None of us understands Malayalam. You have to get it translated in English," the bench said giving the advocate four weeks to complete the exercise.

The advoacte who has moved the Supreme Court for a probe into the assets of close relatives of Balakrishnan, said he procurred the documents after great difficulty from the villages in Kerala where he was told by the authorities that documents have been seized by the state government which was also probing the assets of former CJI and his family members.

The advocate had in an affidavit earlier said he "came to know through reliable sources about the details of the other properties" allegedly acquired by the former CJI's daughters and sons-in-law.

He said the information and documents procured by him included those showing the location of the properties besides the dates of the registration of their sale deeds.

Sharma alleged the properties were bought in the name of daughters, sons-in-law and other relatives of the former CJI, who is currently the chairman of National Human Rights Commission, at prices much lower than the prevailing market rates. All these properties were allegedly bought only after Justice Balakrishnan became the CJI, he claimed.

The affidavit, which was allowed to be submitted along with additional documents, said "as recently as on February 21, 2011, the vigilance wing of Kerala Income Tax department has recovered huge black money from his (ex-CJI's) relatives.

"In the light of the above facts and details of properties, documents and registration dates, it is further submitted that a judicial inquiry must be held against the ex-CJI," said Sharma in the affidavit.

The bench had during a hearing on February 18 asked Attorney General GE Vahanvati to apprise it of the status of a complaint filed in May last year against Balakrishnan seeking a CBI probe into his assets.

"What is the status of the complaint forwarded to the Ministry of Home Affairs?" the bench had asked the Attorney General, referring to a complaint which had been sent to the Vice President and other dignitaries.

The complaint was filed by a Delhi-based journalist on May 5, 2010, seeking a CBI probe into the assets of Balakrishnan and his family members.


First Published: Saturday, April 09, 2011, 00:21

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