Dinakaran row: govt says final decision lies with CJI
Government today informed the Rajya Sabha that a view on allegations against a High Court Chief Justice, who was recommended for elevation to the Supreme Court, is to be taken by the Chief Justice of India "as per existing procedure".delhi Updated: Dec 07, 2009 23:45 IST
In an apparent reference to the controversial Karnataka High Court Chief Justice P.D. Dinakaran, the government on Monday said a final view in the matter would be taken by the Chief Justice of India.
“A view on the allegations made against one of the Chief Justices is to be taken by the Chief Justice of India as per the existing procedure,” Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily told the Rajya Sabha.
Moily was responding to a query by Samajwadi Party leader, Amar Singh, on the allegations against Justice Dinakaran. The Law Ministry had last week rejected the Supreme Court collegium’s recommendation to promote him to the top court.
Moily did not directly name the judge, facing serious allegations of corruption and land grabbing, who has consistently denied the allegations.
In a separate development, top jurists, who have been demanding the resignation of Justice Dinakaran, distributed the motion for his removal (impeachment) to the opposition parties.
The motion levels 12 allegations, including amassing of disproportionate assets, judgments to favour friends and setting-up family businesses misusing his official position by Justice Dinakaran.
Senior lawyers are understood to be in touch with BJP, CPI(M) and JD(U) leaders, and are in the process of contacting other parties.