Hyderabad: Taking a serious view of allegations of disproportionate assets against the former Chief Justice of India, Justice K G Balakrishnan and demands for his resignation from chairmanship of the National Human Rights Commission, several Backward Class associations have demanded that nobody should talk about his resignation until he was proved guilty.
Speaking to the media, the Republican Party of India president and a senior High Court advocate, Mr Bojja Tarakam, said that the allegations against Justice Balakrishnan and demands for his resignation from some former chief justices of the Supreme Court were stemming from the arrogance of their belonging to higher castes and the fact that he had hailed from a Backward Class community. He also said that allegations levelled against him should be proved first.
Mr Tarakam recalled the observation made by Justices Ranganath Mishra and Mr Venkataraman, both former chief justices of India, that about 40 per cent of officials of the higher judiciary were corrupt. Also reminding affidavit filed by the advocate, Mr Prashant Bhushan, that 16 chief justices of the Supreme Court, prior to Justice Balakrishnan, were corrupt, he questioned as to why the people were inclined to level allegations against Justice Balakrishnan only, leaving all of them?
Stating that levelling allegations without them being proved and demanding for his resignation as the chairman of the NHRC were absurd, he demanded that the government institute inquiry against all of them.
The State president of the Dalit Sangham, Mr J B Raju wondered as to how Justice Balakrishnan was responsible for the amassment of wealth through illegal means by his relatives. He also said that a probe should be ordered against all previous officials of the higher judiciary against whom allegations were made.
The retired IAS officer, Mr K S R Murthy, the State president and general secretary of the SC Rights Protection Society, Mr Muthanna and Mr G Shankar, State president of the SC Welfare Association, Mr T Padma Rao and a Dalit leader, Mr Mysaiah, also spoke. (NSS)