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Katju says new facts vindicate stand on judge

KV Lakshmana, Hindustan Times  Chennai, July 25, 2014
First Published: 00:20 IST(25/7/2014) | Last Updated: 00:23 IST(25/7/2014)

Justice Markandey Katju on Thursday hit back at his critics and produced some independent corroboration of facts about the alleged corrupt judge in Madras high court.

Citing an HT report, Press Katju said in a Facebook post that ,“Justice Ruma Pal, who was at that time on the three-judge Supreme Court collegium has vindicated me.”

He said the letter of the then PM Manmohan Singh putting pressure for the corrupt judge to continue and the written comments of Justice Lahoti saying sensitivities of the government should have been taken into account has now come to light.

“Many people have asked why I did not speak out in 2005 about the incident…,” Katju said and posted his reply. “I was a sitting judge (Chief Justice of Madras high court) at that time, and judicial discipline and the unwritten code of conduct requires a judge to not go into the public domain. So I could not have gone to the press,” he said.

Meanwhile, DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi once again slammed Justice Katju, charging him with a “mission to save Jayalalithaa from disproportionate assets case.”

The DMK chief also said he had not sought bail when he was arrested in 2001 and that he was released by the government on its own as the state was on the boil due to his arrest.

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