Terming charges against Karnataka High Court Chief Justice P D Dinakaran as "very unfortunate", a former CJI on Wednesday said the allegations will damage the image of entire Judiciary but maintained that it was not free from corruption.
Justice K N Singh said that as a member of judiciary and former Chief Justice of India, he felt sad to hear the allegations against Dinakaran.
On the debate on corruption in judiciary in general, he told PTI: ".... Higher judiciary does not suffer with that kind of corruption which is so prevalent in other departments of administration".
"There may be one or two incidents in Bangalore and there but judiciary is not free from corruption, and one or two instances would not be sufficient to hold that judiciary is a corruption institution", said Justice Singh, who is on a private visit here.
He said he did not know Justice Dinakaran in person nor did he know details of the allegations. But if media reports on the allegations are correct, then "it will certainly damage the constitutional office of Chief Justice as well as it will damage the image of the entire judiciary in the country," he said.
"It pains me that a District Collector had conducted an inquiry (on the land holdings of Justice Dinakaran in Thiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu)," he said.