New Delhi: The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to apprise it on the action taken against former Chief Justice and NHRC chief KG Balakrishnan in the disproportionate assets case against him. The court has asked the government to reply by March 12 on the actions that it has taken or intends to take against the former CJI.
"We want to know what was done on the representation (before the government against ex-CJI) and what government intends to do," the bench said when it was pointed out that representation to the government was made ten months back but no action had been taken on it so far.
The court was hearing a PIL filed by NGO Common Cause seeking directions to the government to conduct probe against the former CJI for allegedly amassing disproportionate assets.
Balakrishnan has been accused by Justice Gokhale of misrepresenting facts to conceal former Telecom Minister A Raja's attempt to influence a Madras High Court judge in a murder case.
There are allegations against his son-in-law PV Srinijan of having assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. PV Srinijan had to resign from the Youth Congress following charges of disproportionate wealth.
Many prominent jurists have called for Balakrishnan's resignation as the NHRC Chairman till his name is cleared of all charges.
A petition seeking vigilance probe into the allegations of his family having amassed disproportionate wealth has also been filed before the vigilance and anti-corruption bureau.
The Income Tax department recently confirmed that three of his relatives had held large amount of black money.
Justice Balakrishnan was elevated as a Supreme Court judge on June 2000 and was appointed Chief Justice of India on January 14, 2007. He retired on May 12, 2010 after which he was appointed NHRC Chairman.
With additional information from PTI