Jurists, Ansari at loggerheads over Dinakaran committee
Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari and top jurists, who initiated the move to impeach Karnataka High Court Chief Justice PD Dinakaran, are on a collision path, reports Nagendar Sharma.india Updated: Mar 14, 2010 00:50 IST
Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari and top jurists, who initiated the move to impeach Karnataka High Court Chief Justice P.D. Dinakaran, are on a collision path.
This comes ahead of the “first but informal meeting” on Sunday, of the three-member probe panel set-up by Ansari to investigate the allegations against Dinakaran.
The panel was set-up on January 8 after Ansari admitted an impeachment motion moved by 75 Rajya Sabha MPs, belonging to the opposition parties in December last year.
The jurists, led by Chennai-based Forum for Judicial Accountability (FJA), have objected to the panel’s meeting saying the Rajya Sabha chairman was yet to decide on their application to “reconstitute” the panel.
The forum, led by 10 top lawyers of the Madras High Court, has maintained that the panel headed by Supreme Court judge V.S. Sirpurkar, with Bombay High Court Chief Justice A.R. Dave and noted lawyer P.P. Rao was not impartial.
“The forum feels there is a reasonable apprehension of bias due to past association ... of two members of the committee, which is likely to affect the neutrality and fairness of the committee’s enquiry and findings,” the FJA has stated.
The jurists have asked Justice Sirpurkar and Rao to opt out, since “both of them revealed their mind in favour of Justice Dinakaran prior to be named as members of the probe panel.”
Rajya Sabha sources have ruled out any change in the panel, a move which has angered the jurists.
“Let the Rajya Sabha secretariat take a final decision ... we will then take the next step, but we will not accept this panel. We have sufficient evidence to prove our argument...,” said FJA convenor, R. Vaigai.
All the three members of the probe panel are tightlipped and have refused to comment on the controversy.