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Now, ex-CJI’s brother quits

Ramesh Babu, Hindustan Times  Thiruvananthapuram, January 07, 2011
First Published: 13:46 IST(7/1/2011) | Last Updated: 01:02 IST(8/1/2011)

Former chief justice of India and NHRC chairman KG Balakrishanan’s kin, facing allegations of amassing disproportionate wealth, are fast losing breathing space.

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On Friday, Balakrishanan’s brother KG Bhaskaran resigned from the post of special government pleader in Kerala high court. Two days back, Balakrishanan’s son-in-law PV Sreenijan, whose wealth grew at least 130 times in last four years, resigned from the primary membership of the Youth Congress.      

On January 3, HT had reported that Bhaskaran and his nephew KG Praveen had purchased 53 acres of land in 2005-06 in a Tamil Nadu village for R22 lakh. Villagers who HT spoke to said the market rate at that time was at least 10 times more. The registration was done in four phases, to avoid publicity.

What’s more, Bhaskaran and his wife MV Ratnama, a retired judicial magistrate, are building a house in Ernakulam district. According to sources, more than R40 lakh has been spent on the partially-constructed house situated on 30 cents (one acre is 100 cents) of land.  

Bhaskaran said he only invested his wife’s retirement benefits. Ratnama retired in 2004. Going by the prevalent salaries at her level, it is unlikely that her retirement benefits could be as much as Rs. 40 lakh.

After the expose, Bhaskaran was asked either to quit or go on leave. A special pleader to take up SC/ST cases for the last 10 years, he sent his resignation through a special messenger to the state Advocate General.

Incidentally, apart from Sreenijan, the former CJI’s second son-in-law MJ Benny has also come under cloud for purchasing properties worth crores of rupees in the last three years.

Balakrishanan’s nephew Abhilash Chandran, who owns three firms and an animation studio, is also under scanner. Meanwhile, the Kozhikode and Thrissur bar associations have passed resolutions seeking Balakrishnan’s resignation as NHRC chief.

Joining the dots

Two days back, PV Sreenijan, justice KG Balakrishnan’s son-in-law, resigned from the primary membership of the Youth Congress following revelations about his disproportionate assets and the Kerala government probe into his assets

Apart from Sreenijan, the former CJI's second son-in-law MJ Benny has also come under cloud for purchasing properties worth crores of rupees in the last three years

Balakrishanan's nephew Abhilash Chandran, who owns three companies and an animation studio, is also under the scanner.


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