Justice K.G. Balakrishnan enjoyed a controversial tenure as the chief justice of India, engulfed as he was by the blazing row over the elevation of Justice P.D. Dinakaran of the Karnataka high court, and an assortment of tongues that wagged loosely at corruption in the higher judiciary.
Now, in his tenure as chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), justice Balakrishnan has landed himself in the middle of two major scandals.
First, he slipped into an unseemly row over Justice Regupathy of the Madras High Court writing to him of a blandishment from the disgraced former telecom minister, A. Raja. Now, the Kerala government has ordered an inquiry into his son-in-law P.V. Sreenijan‘s spurt in assets from Rs25,000 to Rs 7 crore in four years.
The former Supreme Court judge, Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer, has demanded Justice Balakrishnan’s resignation to enable a fair probe into the allegations, a move seconded by the former attorney-general of India, Soli Sorabjee. Justice Iyer has now revealed that a former judge asked him not to write to the PM on the scandal.
The Supreme Court advocate, Prashant Bhushan, whose father Shanti Bhushan named corrupt judges in a sealed envelope a few months ago, has joined the chorus for Justice Balakrishnan’s removal/resignation. And this even as the Union law minister, Veerappa Moily, was giving the retired judge a clean chit.
Questions: Should Justice Balakrishnan resign or continue? If he sticks on, should he removed or retained?
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