A Rajya Sabha committee was today told that Calcutta High Court Justice Soumitra Sen, who is facing inquiry for his alleged involvement in financial irregularities, had "misappropriated" over Rs 33 lakhs before being elevated to the Bench, a charge denied by the judge.
"Justice Sen, before being appointed as the Judge, has misappropriated the funds to the tune of Rs 33.22 lakhs as a court-appointed receiver," senior advocate Sidhartha Luthra told a three-member inquiry committee of the Upper House.
Advancing final arguments before the committee, comprising Supreme Court judge B Sudershan Reddy, Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Mukul Mudgal and noted jurist Fali S Nariman, Luthra said "some questions regarding the allegations could be best answered by the judge in question himself."
The findings of the committee, which had started its inquiry proceedings on the advice of the then Chief Justice K G Balakrishan, would decide the fate of the proposed impeachment motion against Justice Sen in the Rajya Sabha.
Luthra, assisting the inquiry committee, which was set up by Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari, read out various entries of bank accounts held by Justice Sen in his personal and professional capacity as the court-appointed receiver and highlighted the alleged discrepancies.
Asked by Nariman how the allegations of misappropriation of funds could be substantiated, the counsel said, "Over Rs 57 lakh was deposited by Justice Sen in the receiver's account, but there was no evidence as to from where that money came."
"The judge in question never complied with the HC order asking him to reveal the source of deposited money as most of his bank accounts, held in personal and professional capacities, had become dormant by then," Luthra said.
Justice Sen has denied the charges brought against him.
The committee would continue its hearing tomorrow.