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Dinakaran wants to take back resignation

The controversial former Sikkim HC chief justice, PD Dinakaran, has informed the Prez that he is willing to reconsider his decision. Nagendar Sharma reports.

delhi Updated: Aug 12, 2011 01:52 IST
Nagendar Sharma
Nagendar Sharma
Hindustan Times

Barely a few days after he resigned, the controversial former Sikkim high court chief justice, PD Dinakaran, has informed the President that he is willing to reconsider his decision in case he was assured of a fair hearing and if his grievances will be addressed.

In a dramatic development, justice Dinakaran, in a two-page letter to President Pratibha Patil, written last week, has stated that the points raised by him in his resignation letter must be addressed, even in case his resignation is finally accepted.

The President has referred the matter to the law ministry for its opinion on the sensitive issue.

The ministry officials said the matter was "under consideration", though they pointed out that according to rules and precedents, the resignation once tendered by a judge cannot be withdrawn.

Justice Dinakaran, who had resigned on July 29, ahead of the inquiry panel appointed by the Rajya Sabha chairman, Hamid Ansari, was to resume its probe into the corruption allegations against him.

Seventy five Opposition MPs had served an impeachment notice against Dinakaran in December 2009.

Sources close to him said the decision to write to the President followed his meeting with a group of MPs after he resigned, who asked him not to give up his fight.

In his letter, Dinakaran has pointed out that he chose to resign since he did not expect a fair hearing from the three-member probe panel, which was "biased" against him.

"It is obvious that hearing before the inquiry committee was just an empty formality. Hence I have lost confidence of getting fair hearing and justice," he had written in his resignation letter.

Justice Dinakaran, who was chosen by a panel of country's top five judges (the Supreme Court collegium) for promotion to the Supreme Court in September 2009, before the controversy on corruption allegations against him became public, has blamed his belonging to a weaker section of the society for being targeted.

"I have a sneaking suspicion that my misfortune was because of my birth in the socially oppressed and underprivileged section of the society," he had written.

First Published: Aug 11, 2011 21:15 IST