A day after he was accused by a Supreme Court judge of shielding disgraced telecom minister A Raja from charges of trying to influence the Madras high court, former Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan dragged the government into the controversy.
He said on Wednesday that he had informed Law Minister Veerappa Moily about the matter in August last year.
The controversy centres around the allegation that Raja tried to influence Madras HC judge S Reghupathi. The complaint was sent to Balakrishnan, who was then chief justice of India, through Gokhale, then the chief justice of Madras HC.
Balakrishnan has maintained that Raja’s name didn’t feature in the complaint. But this was contradicted by Justice Gokhale on Tuesday, who said Raja’s name was very much there.
Balakrishnan on Wednesday denied hat he tried to shield Raja by suppressing Justice Gokhale’s report.
He said “All these matters were brought to the notice of the Union law minister on August 18, 2009, in response to his letter to me drawing reference to the memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister by MPs of different political parties.”
Moily reacted by saying: “Some communication did take place, but I will not react immediately, since I don’t want to give a half baked response,” he said.
Interestingly, Moily had on Tuesday sought to distance himself from the controversy, saying, “The government has nothing to do with the matter.”