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?
Full coverage: The strange case of Justice P.D. Dinakaran
CHURUMURI POLL: Is Dalit Dinakaran above the law?
If he is unfit for Supreme Court, how is he fit for Karnataka HC?
If he is unfit for Supreme Court, how is he fit for Karnataka HC—II?
‘Integrity + competence + judicial temperament’
Yella not OK, but Supreme Court silent yaake?
The brazen conduct of Justice Dinakaran
The strange case of Justice Dinakaran (continued)
Audi alteram partem? Hear the other side out?
CHURUMURI POLL: Will Justice Dinakaran be impeached?
Is CJI K.G. Balakrishnan right about P.D. Dinakaran?
CHURUMURI POLL: Is Dinakaran fit for Sikkim HC?
CHURUMURI POLL: P.D. Dinakaran vs D.V. Shylendra Kumar
Rree anti dalit Churumuri, why should he resign? Whats wrong with you folks, in the new year have you joined Chaddi gang? After this you will ask CVC ( a minority) & Chairman NAC (a woman) to step down ….where & when will this end.
We had heard about and even used the Phrase ‘ Corruption at higest level’
many a times at different occasions. But even then what we generally meant by saying ‘highest level’ has never been exactly the Indian Judiciary.
Because, that is the ultimate place where, otherwise battered indian common citizen could look up for justice when no other institutions would
serve their duty but only add to his sufferings in all speheres of life. Common man is harassed every second of his existence in this country
just being alive in such a social set up where all types of injustices, and
inequality and confusion only prevails over everything. Corruption is the
most henious crime happening in this country and it is one of the most
important reason for inequalities of all sorts including economic inequality
between people in this nation. Earlier, it is told that forward cast people
used to control, possess and enjoy most of the wealth depriving other
lower casts of the society to suffer. We are yet to eradicate this social
and economic inequality except some places like kerala etc as far as
cast related inequality is concerned. But certain north indian states like
UP, Bihar etc are far behind and lower cast people are subject to
inhuman indiscrimination of all kinds. Education is one strong factor to
instil equality feeling in people and that is the reason for improving
situations in certain states like kerala. In kerala, literacy is one of the
highest, and even people from any lower casts are given opportunities
to educate themselves and come up the ladder in employment and
even to reach highest posts of the country. Such people along with all
right minded forward cast and educated people are expected to do
justice to the downtrodden community people to improve their overall
living standards and future prospects.
In this direction Rtd Justice Balakrishnan was looked upon with lot of
expectation as he also hails from a poor background. But what we
have been hearing continuously about these grave charges are astonishing
to believe. If judiciary, that too who is on top of that, is in anyway
not fair and also corrupt or even perceived to be corrupt, this nation is
doomed. We have to protect this one sacrosanct institution, INDIAN
JUDICIARY, impeccable and clean for ever. Democracy, and common
citizens of this country has nothing left but this institution. To achieve
this, we must show exemplary courage to prove that each and every
political party can survive without playing dirty influencing tactics on
this august institution or even any other institution for that matter.
Anyone found to be slightly corrupt in judiciary must be punished many
fold compared to a common man for the same crime. That is the real