Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

Congress questions timing, advises restraint

Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: July 22, 2014 1:32 am

A day after former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju alleged that former CJI R C Lahoti had granted extension to an additional judge of the Madras High Court who was facing corruption charges, at the instance of the then UPA government, the Congress Monday questioned the timing of his allegation.

With the AIADMK using Katju’s allegation to launch a political attack on the DMK and the Congress, the latter advised restraint.

“We must all and that includes the Congress party and others exercise restraint in matters relating to the affairs of the apex judiciary and most importantly its collegiums,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said.

He, however, drew attention to the fact that the statement has come “roughly 10 or nine years after the alleged event”.

Refusing to elaborate, Singhvi said out of the several persons named in the statement, only one has reacted so far.

“These are matters of confidentiality within the collegium and unless we get the statements and clarifications for the ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ or ‘D’, I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to react on behalf of the Congress party. It is quite clear that unless this version, and it is one version of the events, is corroborated by all the principal actors whose names been taken, prudence and discretion would dictate that we exercise appropriate restraint. We reserve our right but as of now this is our stand,” he said.

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