Justice Reghupathi refuses to join issue on Raja

Former Madras HC Judge Justice Reghupathi on Tuesday thanked SC Judge Justice HL Gokhale for his statement on the controversy surrounding allegation that the former Union Minister A Raja tried to influence him in a criminal case.

Chennai: Former Madras High Court Judge
Justice S Reghupathi on Tuesday thanked Supreme Court Judge Justice
H L Gokhale for his statement on the controversy surrounding
allegation that the former Union Minister A Raja tried to
influence him in a criminal case.

"I am thankful to Justice Gokhale (who was then Chief
Justice of Madras High Court when the purported incident
occurred)," Reghupathi said, without elaborating.
"I am not supposed to react. I did not make the issue
public even at the time of the incident since I wanted to
uphold the dignity of the legal fraternity. It applies to me
today even after retirement," he told PTI.

He refused to join issue with former Chief Justice of
India K G Balakrishnan, who had last week denied that Raja`s
name was in the report sent by the then Madras High Court
Chief Justice Gokhale.

Gokhale today contradicted Balakrishnan`s claim that he
was not aware that it was Raja who had tried to influence
Justice Reghupathi in a case and said he had clearly referred
to Raja`s name in his letter to Justice Balakrishnan.

Justice Reghupati said his action of not joining issue
on the controversy was not driven by fear but the need to
uphold the court`s dignity.

He said only jurists can comment on the issue and not
himself.

Asked why he did not take action on the issue when
he was a judge, Justice Reghupati said as a judge he was bound
to maintain dignity and decorum of the position.
"We are not not expected to go to the media. Even at
that time I kept quiet," he told reporters adding he had put
everything in his letter to the Chief Justice of the Madras
High Court.

When asked for details, he said it was part of the
records and it was for media to get the letters from
authorities concerned.

"Everything has become true. Absolutely correct.
Majesty of law and truth will prevail," he said in reply to
questions.

PTI

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