Probe against ex-CJI Balakrishnan's son-in-law set in motion
Thiruvananthapuram/Kochi: Adding to the woes of
former CJI K G Balakrishnan, Kerala government on Tuesday set in
motion the process of a vigilance probe against his son-in-law
for allegedly amassing wealth and his brother, a government
pleader, went on leave following similar charges.
Balakrishnan's second son-in-law M J Benni also came
under a shadow with sections of the local media reporting that
he had also purchased prime plots on the suburbs of Kochi
within a span of two years.
State Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan referred to the
Home Secretary the direction given yesterday by Chief Minister
V S Achuthanandan to conduct a vigilance probe against
Balakrishnan's son-in-law Sreenijan, based on a complaint that
he had amassed disproportionate wealth.
Sreenijan, a former youth Congress state vice president
who had unsuccessfully contested the last assembly polls on a
Congress ticket, failed to get any support even from his own
Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who heads the
Congress-led UDF in the assembly, said the Front would not
criticise the government's action to order a probe against
Balakrishnan's brother Bhaskaran, Special Government
Pleader in the Kerala High Court, went on medical leave as
directed by Advocate General K G Sudhakara Prasad to either
resign or go on leave in the wake of allegations against him.
According to media reports, Bhaskaran had purchased about
60 acres in Dindigul in Tamil Nadu in 2005-06 in the name of
his wife, four children and a close relative.
Bhaskaran, however, has dubbed the reports as
Allegations against Balakrishnan's relatives also had its
political echo with UDF as well as the Left ally CPI holding
that it was better for the former CJI to step down as Chairman
of the National Human Rights Commission.
CPI state secretary C K Chandrappan said in
Palakkad it was better for Balakrishnan to step down as NHRC
chairman or the government should remove him.
UDF Convener P P Thankachan also echoed a similar view
saying persons holding high positions should step down when
confronted with allegations like these.