Top jurists of the country, led by Fali S. Nariman and Ram Jethmalani have asked the Chief Justice of India to probe serious allegations of corruption against a high court chief justice whose name was recently cleared for promotion to the Supreme Court.
“We have learnt five judges have been proposed for elevation to the Supreme Court. We’ve got disturbing reports about the integrity of one of the proposed appointees,” Jethma-lani, Nariman, Shanti Bhushan and Anil Devan wrote to the CJI on September 8.
Hindustan Times has a copy of the letter.
The committee of top judges (collegium) recommended the names on August 27. These names are understood to have been forwarded to the government for President Pratibha Patil’s approval.
“We would like you to inquire into it and get it investigated before his appointment is notified. You will agree that the consequences will be far more serious if a person lacking integrity is appointed as a Supreme Court judge,” the lawyers also said in a letter to the President.
The objection came on a representation by a Forum for Judicial Accountability from one of the states to the five senior-most SC judges who are members of the collegium.
“We bring to your notice several aspects concerning the judge including illegal appropriation of government and public land amounting to land-grabbing, illegal constructions and ownership of urban properties,” 10 senior lawyers of the forum wrote to the collegium.
The procedure for appointment of judges has been widely questioned for lacking transparency.