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RS panels discusses charges against Dinakaran

A Rajya Sabha appointed panel today discussed charges against Chief Justice-designate of Sikkim High Court Justice P D Dinakaran, facing impeachment proceedings in Parliament, but did not finalise the charge sheet to be issued against the tainted judge.

delhi Updated: Aug 01, 2010 20:13 IST

A Rajya Sabha appointed panel today discussed charges against Chief Justice-designate of Sikkim High Court Justice P D Dinakaran, facing impeachment proceedings in Parliament, but did not finalise the charge sheet to be issued against the tainted judge.

The three-member committee constituted by Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari is headed by Supreme Court judge Justice V S Sirpurkar and also consists of Chief Justice-designate of Karnataka High Court J S Khehar and senior advocate P P Rao.

Indications available at the end of the two-hour-long meeting were that the panel plans to hold further deliberations for discussing the allegations against Justice Dinakaran after it went through the charges formulated against the Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court. The committee met at the residence of Justice Sirpurkar.

"No chargesheet has been given to Justice Dinakaran as yet as the committee is still discussing the allegations against him," highly placed sources told PTI at the end of the meeting.

The sources said it will take some more time to arrive at a decision as the members have to consider a lot of documents which have been placed before the committee.

Justice Dinakaran has not been performing judicial work in the Karnataka High Court for the last eight months following allegations of land grabbing and other charges but was carrying out administrative functions.

He was transferred last Friday to the Sikkim High Court by President Pratibha Patil. Dinakaran has been asked to assume charge in Gangtok on or before August 13.

Justice Dinakaran was recommended for elevation to the apex court by the SC Collegium in August 2009. But after several top jurists objected to his name citing allegations of corruption and land grabbing, the government returned the recommendation to the Collegium.

In January, opposition parties moved an impeachment motion against Justice Dinakaran. Allegations listed in the impeachment motion against Justice Dinakaran include possessing wealth disproportionate to known sources of income, unlawfully securing five housing board plots in the name of his wife and two daughters and entering into benami transactions.

The charges against him also include acquiring and possessing agricultural holdings beyond the ceiling limit.

Justice Dinakaran has refuted the allegations.

The Rajya Sabha panel also did not take any decision on an application of Chennai-based organisation, Forum for Judicial Accountability, which had asked it to hear its objections before taking any further step.

The forum has sought re-constitution of the committee, saying that Justice Sirpurkar has closely been associated with Justice Dinakaran when both of them were judges of the Madras High Court.

"We want Justice Sirpurkar to be removed and the committee be re-constituted," advocate R Vaigai, convener of the forum, said.

He said, as of now the forum has not received any notice from the committee on its application.