Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Supreme Court gives nod for Justice Dinakaran's impeachment

The court, however, made it clear that Dinakaran will be facing the same charges which were framed by the three-member committee comprising Supreme Court judge Justice Aftab Alam, Karnataka high court Chief Justice JS Khehar and senior advocate PP Rao.

Dinakaran had challenged the proceedings on the ground that the panel had framed additional charges and was also independently conducting investigations and collecting material against him which, according to the judge, was not permissible under law. He had also sought Roa's recusal.
The Supreme Court today refused to quash some of the charges framed against him by a Rajya Sabha-appointed panel looking into allegations of corrupt practices and misconduct against him.

Senior counsel and former additional solicitor general Amrendra Saran, appearing for Dinakaran, had pointed out that Rao was part of the resolution passed in November 2009 under the aegis of the Bar Association of India to ask erstwhile Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan against elevating Dinakaran, 61, to the apex court due to various charges of corruption and judicial misconduct against him.
The Supreme court on Tuesday refused to stay impeachment proceedings against Sikkim High Court Chief Justice P D Dinakaran.
The charges against the judge include land grabbing, accumulation of unaccounted assets, passing judicial order for extraneous considerations, following which his elevation to the Supreme court was also stalled.
It rejected Chief Justice Dinakaran's petition that said the impeachment proceedings against him for alleged corrupt practices and misconduct was motivated.
The court also ordered a change of the jurist member in the Rajya Sabha chairman appointed Inquiry Committee, which is probing charges against Dinakaran against whom a motion for removal is admitted in upper house of Parliament.

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