Sunday, October 11, 2009

Justice Dinakaran's elevation to apex court hits roadblock

SC collegium has put on hold the decision of Dinakaran’s elevation amid accusation of land grabbing against him

NEW DELHI: Karnataka High Court Chief Justice P D Dinakaran's appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court has hit a roadblock with a collegium headed by Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan understood to have put on hold the decision on his elevation.
The apex court collegium, which met here on Saturday, is believed to have sought within a week his response to the allegations that he had amassed land in Tamil Nadu's Tiruvallur rpt Tiruvallur district, reliable sources said.
The collegium's decision came after it considered a report of the District Collector of Tiruvallur which is believed to have pointed out that at Kaverirajapuram in Tiruttani taluk alone, the extent of land allegedly possessed by the judge was approximately 500 acres, they said.
The sources said the decision of the collegium will be communicated to the Ministry of Law, where the file relating to the elevation of Justice Dinakaran along with four High Court judges is pending.
After the government receives the communication on the Dinakaran issue from the collegium, they said it could put in abeyance his elevation and proceed with the appointment of other four judges to the Supreme Court whose names have been cleared by the collegium. PTI

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