Saturday, 1 January 2011

Justice Balakrishnan should quit chair of NHRC: SDPI

Bhopal, December 31 (Pervez Bari): Social Democratic Party of India, (SDPI), national president E. Abubacker has stated that Justice K. G. Balakrishnan does not have the moral right to continue in the chair of National Human Right Commission, (NHRC). He must resign and face investigations in the event of allegations raised against his relatives, that they have illegally amassed properties when he was the Chief Justice of India.
In a Press release Mr. Abubacker pointed out that it is not only Justice Balakrishnan's son-in-law Shreenijan who is facing allegation, but his wife, brother and daughter also are under the shadow of doubt. It is not the political influence of Shreenijan that helped him to gain assets. It has now become evident that Justice Balakrishnan, while he was the Chief Justice of India, had deliberately ignored the complaint against A. Raja, former minister and the prime accused of the biggest corruption scam in the history of the country, he added.
The release said that it is worth mentioning that Justice Balakrishnan had earlier played down a similar allegation against Justice P.D. Dinakaran and did all that was possible to have him elevated in the Supreme Court.
It was Justice Balakrishnan who instructed the Supreme Court registrar to litigate in the Delhi High Court against the order of the Chief Information Commissioner that the information whether judges have filed their statement of assets is to be disclosed under right to information act.
Justice Balakrishnan already made it clear that he is not competent to hold the post of NHRC Chairman, by sharing dais with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, day after the latter appeared before the special investigation team, formed under the direction of the Supreme Court to probe in to 2002 Gujarat genocide. The relatives of the victims had vehemently responded against the act. Again, he created anguish among the victimized group of people and in human rights circles, when he spoke in favour of fake encounter killings by police, occupying the chair of National Human Right Commission, the release stated. Justice Balakrishnan has also been the one who took initiatives for the Indian Judiciary to interact with the Israel counterpart, and signed a contract to strengthen the bilateral relationship.
Mr. Abubacker urged the Government to take steps to expel him if he is not ready to quit the post by himself. (pervezbari@eth.net)

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