Govt demands statement from Manmohan Singh on corrupt judge issue

The former PM should come out and make a categorical statement about what exactly has happened, said M Venkaiah Naidu.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published:July 23, 2014 1:26 pm
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is Planning Chairman of the Commission, made a case for reorienting the body to remain relevant in the globalised world. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

A day after informing Parliament that the PMO under Manmohan Singh had pushed for extension to a judge facing corruption charges, the government on Wednesday demanded that the former Prime Minister should make a “categorical” statement on the controversial matter.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the whole account of the affair, first brought out by former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju, showed how the government was functioning during the UPA regime. It was trying to compromise on each and every issue, he alleged.

Questioning the silence of Singh, he told reporters here, “His silence is an indication that there is something to hide. So in the interest of justice, the former Prime Minister should come out and make a categorical statement about what exactly has happened. Was he really under pressure?
All these things people of India have got a right to know. That will help enhance the image of the judiciary and also remove the misgivings if any by such a statement from the former PM,” Naidu said.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had informed Parliament on Tuesday the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) under Singh had written a note, asking why the Supreme Court collegium had not recommended extension for a Madras High Court judge who was facing corruption charges after the collegium expressed its hesitation.

Giving details of the controversial case over which Parliament has witnessed uproar, he had said the Supreme Court collegium in 2003 had “certain reservations” and had made some inquiries and decided that the case of this judge should not be taken up.

But later during the UPA rule, a clarification was sought by the PMO as to why he should not be recommended, Prasad had said in Lok Sabha.

His response had come after an uproar over the issue forced two adjournments of Lok Sabha as agitated AIADMK members stormed the Well demanding that the name of the then DMK minister who “pressurised” the UPA government to confirm the appointment of controversial judge be made public.

Katju has alleged that three ex-Chief Justices of India– Justice R C Lahoti and his successors Justices Y K Sabharwal and K G Balakrishnan– made “improper compromises” and “succumbed” to political pressure in the extension of additional judge at the instance of UPA-I government owing to pressure from an ally, a “Tamil Nadu party”, and his confirmation as permanent judge.

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    subhasis ghosh
    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:15 am
    Regularly the truth is coming out of all the compromises made by our former PM that helped him to cling on to his chair for a decade. And we are to believe that he is honest?
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    atamprakash s.wadhwa
    Jul 24, 2014 at 4:34 am
    I REFER TO THE STATEMENT OF CHIEF JUSTICE OF INDIA SHRI R.M.LODHA IN ALL THE NEWSPAPERS OF INDIA THAT '' AT NO COST THE INDEPENDENCE OF JUDICIARY CAN BE ALLOWED TO BE COMPROMISED .I WILL BE THE FIRST PERSON TO LEAVE THIS CHAIR IF I KNOW THAT INDEPENDENCE OF JUDICIARY HAS BEEN COMPROMISED I WILL NOT HOLD MY OFFICE EVEN FOR A SECOND '' I HAVE PERSONALLY WRITTEN TO SHRI R.M.LODHA THAT I FEEL THAT INDEPENDENCE OF JUDICIARY HAS BEEN COMPROMISED IN MY CASE AND REQUESTED TO GIVE ME PERSONAL APPOINTMENT TO PROVE THE SAME OR APPOINT 3 TO 5 BENCH JUDGE TO HEAR MY CASE AND IF HEARING IS GIVEN IN MY CASE IT WILL BE PROVED THAT INDEPENDENCE OF JUDICIARY HAS BEEN COMPROMISED IN MY CASE . AS PER THE STATEMENT OF HONOURABLE CHIEF JUSTICE OF INDIA SHRI R.M. LODHA I FEEL THAT MR.JUSTICE SHRI LODHA WILL NOT SHIRK RESPONSIBILITY AND CORRECT THE ILLEGALITIES OF THE SUPREME COURT BEING THE HIGHEST COURT OF INDIA AND DO JUSTICE BEFORE HIS RETIREMENT .
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    atamprakash s.wadhwa
    Jul 24, 2014 at 4:40 am
    I will request the present government to please first decide the present saying of CHIEF JUSTICE OF INDIA MR.R.M.LODHA '' I REFER TO THE STATEMENT OF CHIEF JUSTICE OF INDIA SHRI R.M.LODHA IN ALL THE NEWSPAPERS OF INDIA THAT '' AT NO COST THE INDEPENDENCE OF JUDICIARY CAN BE ALLOWED TO BE COMPROMISED .I WILL BE THE FIRST PERSON TO LEAVE THIS CHAIR IF I KNOW THAT INDEPENDENCE OF JUDICIARY HAS BEEN COMPROMISED I WILL NOT HOLD MY OFFICE EVEN FOR A SECOND '' I HAVE PERSONALLY WRITTEN TO SHRI R.M.LODHA THAT I FEEL THAT INDEPENDENCE OF JUDICIARY HAS BEEN COMPROMISED IN MY CASE AND REQUESTED TO GIVE ME PERSONAL APPOINTMENT TO PROVE THE SAME OR APPOINT 3 TO 5 BENCH JUDGE TO HEAR MY CASE AND IF HEARING IS GIVEN IN MY CASE IT WILL BE PROVED THAT INDEPENDENCE OF JUDICIARY HAS BEEN COMPROMISED IN MY CASE . AS PER THE STATEMENT OF HONOURABLE CHIEF JUSTICE OF INDIA SHRI R.M. LODHA I FEEL THAT MR.JUSTICE SHRI LODHA WILL NOT SHIRK RESPONSIBILITY AND CORRECT THE ILLEGALITIES OF THE SUPREME COURT BEING THE HIGHEST COURT OF INDIA AND DO JUSTICE BEFORE HIS RETIREMENT .'' AFTER CLARIFYING THIS THEN TARGET THE FORMER STATESMAN DR. MANMOHAN SINGH WHO HAS WASTE HIS LIFE IN SAVING THIS COUNTRY .
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    Girish
    Jul 23, 2014 at 11:40 am
    Singh has taken the oath of silence. if he could keep it for two terms as PM, what makes Venkaiah think that this oath will be broken now?
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    Omprakash Upadhyay
    Jul 24, 2014 at 1:42 am
    It should tell then and that time and it is worth some one supporting for their benefit what no 44 was not being given opposition and Madam kind hearted Jaylalitha ji CM is being given opposition seat have any one answer?BY OP Upadhyay
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    paul
    Jul 23, 2014 at 11:47 am
    what a nonsense,stupid false PROPOA?Now the world leaders well known how mive win planned and who wereMASTER MINDED,White House congressmen, not primary,middle p outs, VETERANS in theirfields, yes corruption to here all over the world, NOT LIKE OUR born liarDIRTY POLITICIANS, The ones like 9 elected SHIV SENTIES
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