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Now, former CJI's brother in dubious land deal

Ramesh Babu, Hindustan Times  Kochi, January 03, 2011
First Published: 01:03 IST(3/1/2011) | Last Updated: 01:05 IST(3/1/2011)

More skeletons are tumbling out of the closet of former chief justice KG Balakrishnan, now National Human Rights Commission chairman.

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After the expose last week that his son-in-law PV Sreenijan's wealth grew 130 times in four years, his brother KG Bhaskaran has now come under a cloud. Sources revealed that Bhaskaran, a state government court pleader for the last 10 years, bought 53 acres in Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu in 2005-06 and built a farmhouse there.

HT has accessed records at the Attur sub-registrar office in Dindigul, which showed that Bhaskaran and his nephew KG Praveen bought the land in Bodikamanvadi village for

R22 lakh. Village locals who HT spoke to said that it was actually worth at least 10 times or more. What's more, registration has been done in four phases to avoid any publicity.

The sale deeds were executed on February 23, 2005 for 27.44 acres, on March 18, 2005 for 2.13 acres, on March 20, 2005 for 3. 43 acres, and on Nov 20, 2006 for 20.46 acres.

Besides, Bhaskaran and his wife MV Ratnama, a retired judicial magistrate, are building a palatial house in Puthan Kurus in Ernakulam district. According to sources at the worksite more than Rs40 lakh has been spent on the partially-constructed house situated on 30 cents of prime land. (One acre is 100 cents). Bhaskaran said he only invested his wife's retirement benefits. Ratnama retired from the state judicial services in 2004. Going by prevalent salaries at her level at the time, it is very unlikely that her retirement benefits could be as much as Rs40 lakh. "Allegations against former CJI's family members are far more serious than charges against former judge Justice Ramaswamy," said senior lawyer of Kerala high court Kaleeswaram Raj.

HT had reported last week that Sreenijan, a Congress leader and lawyer, had amassed huge wealth (reportedly properties worth Rs7 crore) in the last four years.


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