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Bala show gently

A former chief justice is shy. Let him be goaded by a higher power to show us his precious stuff.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2011 23:21 IST

Who knows better about ‘rights’ than the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairman himself? So is it a bit surprising that the former Chief Justice of India and present NHRC top boss KG Balakrishnan uses the ‘rights’ card every time he’s told to share information about his and his family’s finances and assets?

All the while Bala — and we’re well within our rights to call him by that epithet — deftly deflects all those he thinks are nosey parkers, he never forgets to say those magic words: “I have nothing to hide”. Er, Bala? What’s the problem? Cat got your account details?

Keeping to his form and using his clout, Bala recently blocked Kochi-based Right to Information (RTI) activist

K Balachandran’s query regarding his and his family members’ income tax (IT) returns and assets. The former chief justice shot off a letter asking the IT authorities in Kochi not to give his permanent account number (PAN) number and asset details to

Mr Balachandran — whom we will not insult by calling him ‘Bala’ — because such information does not have any ‘value’ for the public. Bala has got us wrong. All we’re interested in are asset management tips from his family, his son-in-law PV Sreenijan especially, who is a financial wizard considering his assets multiplied from R25,000 to a few crores between 2007 and 2010.

Why is a public figure like Bala so inhibited? Even our netas are declaring their wealth these days before fighting polls (so what if they lop off a few lakhs here and a few crores there).

May we suggest that the PM intervenes in the matter. Nothing much. Just a comment that he thinks that Bala will surely volunteer the information soon, as he has ‘nothing to hide’.