In a surprise move, controversial Sikkim high court chief justice PD Dinakaran, against whom impeachment proceedings were on in Rajya Sabha for his alleged acts of corruption, resigned on Friday.
In his resignation letter sent to the President, Dinakaran, 61, said the main reasons for quitting were that he belongs to a socially oppressed section of society and that the probe panel set up against him by the Rajya Sabha chairman was biased.
His resignation brings to an end a 22-month controversy that erupted after a committee of top judges (Supreme Court collegium) promoted Dinakaran to the top court in September 2009, when he was chief justice of the Karnataka high court.
Dinakaran quit a day before the panel was to resume work after getting the go-ahead by the apex court. The move was criticised by top jurists in view of the serious allegations of corruption against him, which were first reported by HT.