The Centre told the Supreme Court on Monday that its probe into allegations that former chief justice of India K G Balakrishnan and his relatives had amassed assets disproportionate to their known sources of income during his tenure was continuing.
Appearing before a Bench of Chief Justice S H Kapadia and Justice Swatanter Kumar,Attorney General G E Vahanvati said the Income Tax department was engaged in assessing the properties of Balakrishnans two sons-in-law and brother. He also submitted a status report on the probe in a sealed envelope.
The court was hearing a PIL filed by NGO Common Cause,praying for direction to the government to take proper action against the ex-CJI who is presently chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). The NGO has also sought directions to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to make a reference to the SC under the Human Rights Act to look into the allegations against Balakrishnan of misbehaviour.
Despite the fact that there is overwhelming evidence indicating that the respondent no 3 (Balakrishnan) has been guilty of several acts of grave misbehaviour,the government has not taken any step for his removal from the NHRC, the petition says. The PIL has annexed media reports to buttress its allegations that benami properties were acquired by Balakrishnans kin during his tenure in the Supreme Court.
The Bench granted three weeks to the government,asking it to state what action it intended to take in the matter.