Justice P.D. Dinakaran misused his position to unlawfully secure five residential plots for his family, says the impeachment motion moved against him by 76 members of the Rajya Sabha.
The plots were acquired between 2002 and 2005, when Justice Dinakaran was a Madras High Court judge. He served the court for 12 years before he was promoted to the Karnataka High Court as chief justice in 2006.
Justice Dinakaran refused comment.
Of the five plots - measuring 3,600-3,800 sq. feet each in Kancheepuram district, near Chennai - three are owned by his wife and one each by two daughters.
The land acquisition for the Tamil Nadu Housing Board's scheme was challenged in the high court.
"In a shocking modus operandi, Justice Dinakaran finished all hurdles as he heard the matter himself and dismissed the petition in 2004 to clear the way for allotments," says the 55-page impeachment motion.
"…The allotments and sale were effected only because of his influence, in breach of the conditions."
Justice Dinakaran's family paid Rs 56 lakh for the plots. Chennai-based Forum for Judicial Accountability has demanded that a market valuation be done and reasons made public why the plots were sold at a low price.
The allotments were in violation of Tamil Nadu Housing Board policy, the MPs say.
“Such multiple allotments to the same individual or family even under first come first served scheme is not done. It completely defeated a public housing scheme meant for those without property and in need of housing," says the motion.
Two plots were directly obtained in the name of Justice Dinakaran's wife.
Then three joint applications were moved in the name of Justice Dinakaran's in-laws and a relative. On the date of allotment, all the three joint applicants withdrew names, leaving his wife and the two daughters as owners. "As per the allotment conditions, only mother, father, son, daughter or spouse can jointly apply. The joint applications, as in the present case, were not permissible."