How can a person be held responsible for the doings of a grown-up son,daughter or a son-in-law? the Supreme Court on Monday asked in response to an allegation that close family members of NHRC chairperson Justice K G Balakrishnan amassed property during his tenure as the Chief Justice of India (CJI).
If a son,son-in-law,daughter is a major. How is the parent responsible for what he or she did? Justice J S Khehar asked.
The court was dealing with two petitions one filed by advocate Manohar Lal Sharma and the other by NGO Common Cause alleging that Justice Balakrishnan was guilty of showing unfit behaviour while he was the CJI.
Common Cause sought his removal as NHRC chief.
Sharmas petition,whom the judges heard first,was dismissed on the ground that the lawyer did not follow the procedure laid in the NHRC Act,1993 for removal of NHRC chief. The court,however,reserved for final orders the petition filed by Common Cause.
The NGO,represented by advocate Prashant Bhushan,had annexed details of 20 properties which Justice Balakrishnans immediate kin had allegedly acquired while he was CJI.
The NGO also alleged that Justice Balakrishnans cook was allotted two sites in Tamil Nadu from the chief ministers discretionary quota.
Other allegations include strenuously favouring Justice P D Dinakarans elevation to Supreme Court and suppression of a complaint filed by a Madras High Court judge,R Reghupathy,about a bribe offer from a Union minister.