Sunday, February 13, 2011

Kerala Congress MP alleges SC judge took bribe

Thiruvananthapuram: The ruling CPM and the Kerala Bar Council on Sunday demanded that the Supreme Court order a thorough inquiry into the charge by a Congress MP K Sudhakaran that an apex court judge was allegedly bribed several years ago. 
   The allegation was described as serious by the CPM whose Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan hoped the court would take a serious note of the charge after Sudhakaran claimed that he was witness to the alleged bribing of an unnamed Supreme Court judge in a bar licence case.
   While speaking at a public meeting organised at Kottarakkara in Kollam on Saturday night, Sudhakaran had said that he was witness to a judge being bribed apparently for getting a favourable decision in a case seeking restoration of bar licences cancelled by the Kerala High Court. Sudhakaran, who represents Kannur in the Lok Sabha, made the claim without naming the judge at a function organised by the UDF to extend moral support to Kerala Congress-B leader R Balakrishna Pillai, who was recently sentenced to one year imprisonment by the Supreme Court in a corruption case.
   Replying to reporters’ queries on the issue, Achuthanandan sought to know whether Sudhakaran would specify the name of the judge instead of making vague statements. PTI

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