Former Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan on Wednesday said there was no mention of any Union minister in the report sent by the Chief Justice of Madras High Court on the Justice Reghupathi episode. "I regret to say the allegations are absolutely incorrect," he said, referring to news reports that he had suppressed a letter purportedly written by Justice S Reghupathi to him when he was CJI.
The news reports have alleged that he had suppressed that letter which had purportedly alleged that the then Telecom Minister A Raja had tried to influence Justice Reghupathi which cast aspersion on him (CJI) that he had committed dereliction of duty. Justice Balakrishnan, who is now NHRC chairperson, at a hurriedly called press conference said, "I had not received any such letter or communication from Justice Reghupathi while I was in office.
"When this incident was reported in the media, I sought for a report from the then Chief Justice of Madras High Court Justice Gokhale and he sent me a report wherein nothing was mentioned about any Union minister having made a telephonic talk with Justice Reghupathi to influence him," he said.