Apex court seeks status report on K.G. Balakrishnan

Supreme Court Friday asked Attorney General G. Vahanvati to submit the status report on the home ministry’s investigation into a complaint alleging former chief justice K.G. Balakrishnan possessed wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income.

An apex court bench of Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia, Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan and Justice Swatantra Kumar gave the attorney general 14 days to file the status report on the complaint against Balakrishnan, who is chairman of the National Human Rights Commission.

The court told the attorney general that a complaint was filed before President Pratibha Patil, who in turn forwarded it to the home ministry for further action.

The court asked the attorney general that it wanted to know the status of action taken by the home ministry.

One M. Furquan, in a letter to the president May 4, 2010, alleged, “Justice Balakrishnan is a very corrupt man and he should not be appointed the NHRC chairman”. He also sought investigation against Balakrishnan on the grounds that he had amassed wealth and his son had travelled to Dubai nine times in the last one year.

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