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I won't disclose my assets: KG Balakrishnan


Dakshina Muraleedharan,CNN-IBN
Apr 18, 2011 at 01:41pm IST

Thiruvananthapuram: Former Chief Justic of India KG Balakrishnan does a U-turn on disclosing his assets.

Justic Balakrishnan has informed the Inecome Tax Department that he does not want to disclose his assets because it is not related to public welfare in any way.

Under intense pressure, former CJI and the current NHRC chief had early this month agreed to publicise details of his assets.

The ex-CJI has faced allegations that he has wealth that is disproportionate to his known sources of income. His relatives, including his son-in-law and brother, are facing investigations.

Justice Balakrishnan was investigated by the Kerala police in connection with allegations of disproportionate income against his family.

An internal report looking into the assets of close relatives of Balakrishnan was prepared by the special branch of Kerala police. Justice Balakrishnan has been under fire for continuing to occupy the present post of NHRC chairman despite a string of allegations.

Submitted by the Kerala police's special branch, the police has graded the the report as an unofficial confidential note.

The note states Balakrishnan's daughter KB Rani and her husband MJ Benny have landed property worth over Rs 80 lac in Kochi and commercial complex worth Rs 35 lac in Kochi.

Daughter KB Soni and her husband PV Sreenijin have property worth Rs 40 lakh worth in Kochi alone.

Brother KG Bhaskaran and wife MV Ratnamma have property worth Rs 22 lakh in Kochi, also has landed property in Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu.

Balakrsihnan's wife Nirmala Balakrishnan has property worth Rs 5 lakh in Kottayam, Kerala.

Balakrishnan's nephew Abhilash T Chandran - has a jewel shop in Kottayam, a bar hotel in Palakkad, two Mercedes Benz cars, two Skoda cars among other properties. He was a clerk, now director of four companies in Kochi.

Meanwhile, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court by a Delhi-based advocate Manohar Lal Sharma, seeking a judicial inquiry into allegations of disproportionate assets against his family and their alleged involvement in dubious land deals.

The petitioner also wants Balakrishnan's removal as the Chairman of National Human Rights Commission.

The PIL claims that when Balakrishnan was the chief justice of India his daughter Sony and son-in-law Srinijin acquired assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.

Sharma demanded judicial probe into alleged amassing of wealth by Srinijin quoting media reports that he had only declared assets worth only Rs 25,000 in 2006 while contesting an Assembly election from Njarackal in Kerala.

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