A group of 180 MPs from both Houses of Parliament on Friday demanded a statement from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue of a Union Minister allegedly trying to influence a Madras High Court Judge in a CBI case.
In a memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister, the MPs -- 85 from Lok Sabha and 95 from Rajya Sabha -- said that he should investigate the matter and make a statement in both Houses of Parliament.
The MPs included those from CPI, CPIM, AIADMK and BJP.
Justice R Raghupathy of Madras High Court had made a statement in the open court that a Union Minister had telephoned him in a matter concerning a marksheet forgery scam which was investigated by the CBI. The Minister had allegedly recommended that the accused be granted bail.
Emerging from the meeting, Rajya Sabha member Chandan Mitra told reporters that the Prime Minister has assured the MPs that he would get back to them after examining the memorandum.
Mitra said the Prime Minister told the delegation that after the Chief Justice of India's carlification that the Union Minister had not spoken to the judge, how can the government interfere in issues relating to the judiciary.