Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Letter says we have been managed in 2G case - Justice Ganguly

Justice A.K. Ganguly, who along with Justice G. Singhvi, is hearing the 2G spectrum case, made a revelation in the Supreme Court on Wednesday that he received a letter from a south Indian gentleman saying “we [the judges] have been managed in this case.”

During the hearing of the petition filed by advocate Prashant Bhushan, Justice Ganguly told counsel for the parties, “I have received a letter [which was addressed to the Chief Justice of India S.H. Kapadia and which said the case should be taken to its logical conclusion] and it has now become part of the office report. This letter has now been put on record by the Registry on the direction of some officials. The allegation in it is ‘We have been managed. With great anguish we are sharing this with you.' I had got it in my dak at my home.”

Solicitor-General Gopal Subramaniam, senior counsel K.K. Venugopal and T.R. Andhyarujina and Mr. Bhushan, who were shown the letter by the court, wanted Justice Ganguly to ignore it.

Justice Ganguly said: “I have thrown it in the basket. These incidents are going to rise.”

While the Solicitor-General said this kind of communication was not called for, Mr. Bhushan said such letters should not be sent to the judges. Sometimes such letters were written so that judges hearing a particular case would recuse themselves, he said.

Justice Singhvi said: “That will be the natural reaction of any judge.”

When Mr. Venugopal said that since it was a signed letter the court could initiate contempt proceedings, Justice Ganguly said: “If we do something, it will recoil on us.” Justice Singhvi also felt that the matter should be ignored.

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