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Moily criticises Cong MP for graft claim against judge

Posted by on February 15, 2011 0 Comment

Bangalore, Feb 15 (IANS) Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily Tuesday said he disapproved of passing remarks that damage the judiciary’s image and reputation.

“Whoever it is, be it a minister, MP or anybody, one has to be careful,” he told reporters here on queries about Congress MP K.Sudhakaran’s claim to have witnessed an apex court judge take a Rs.2.1 million bribe some years back at the Kerala House in Delhi.

“One cannot pass remarks that bring institutions to disrepute,” Moily said.

The minister said he “did not approve of (of people) making off-the-cuff remarks on some personality”.

Sudhakaran, Congress MP from Kannur, Kerala, made the claim at a political meeting in Kottarakara Saturday held to express solidarity with party leader R.Balakrishnan Pillai, who was last week sentenced to a year’s imprisonment by the apex court in a corruption case.

“I was a witness when an apex court judge was handed over Rs.3.6 million in two instalments at the Kerala House in Delhi, by representatives of bar hotel owners from Kerala and they got a favourable verdict.”

“This happened years back when K. Karunakaran was the chief minister,” said Sudhakaran at the public meeting.

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