Karnataka Advocate General on Sunday appealed to the state High Court Chief Justice, PD Dinakaran, who is facing charges of 'amassing enormous wealth', to sit on the Bench and conduct judicial proceedings amid controversy over his elevation to the Supreme Court.
AG Ashok Haranahally's appeal came after Justice Dinakaran reportedly expressed his unwillingness to conduct the proceedings following a resolution passed by Advocates Association of Bangalore asking him to refrain from attending or presiding over judicial sessions till he was cleared of the charges levelled against him.
Several High Court judges, who met Justice Dinakaran at his residence on Saturday, said they were also not willing to preside over court proceedings fearing even they could be targeted in future, Advocate General told PTI.
Haranahally along with Additional Advocate General KM Nataraj and State Public Prosecutor Pavin met Justice Dinakaran and asked him to reconsider his decision.
Describing media reports on the issue as "very disturbing", he said "by one stroke, the image of the judiciary as well as that of the Chief Justice is sought to be tarnished".
He said, "A representation made by some members of the Bar to the Chief Justice of India alleging that Justice Dinakaran owned vast properties in Tamil Nadu and other allegations led to an inference that the Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court is of doubtful integrity".