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Centre turns down plea for Prez Ref against Balakrishnan

Posted on Feb 13, 10:33AM | UNI

New Delhi, Feb 12 : The Centre has dismissed an NGO's plea for a Presidential Reference for removal of National Human Rights Commission Chairperson KG Balakrishnan regarding charges of allegations of misconduct during his tenure as Chief Justice andjudge of the Supreme Court.

The Government said Presidential Reference against him cannot be recommended for his 'alleged instances of misbehaviour' during his stint at the apex court.

'His conduct as CJI does not appear to be a relevant ground for making a Presidential Reference to the Supreme Court under Section 5(2) of Protection of Human Rights Act in respect of his continuation in his present tenure as the Chairperson of NHRC,' the Home Ministry has said in a letter to an NGO Common Cause who had filed a complaint against Balakrishnan.

The NGO had levelled an allegation that the ex-CJI and his relatives amassed wealth far exceeding their legal income during Balakrishnan's tenure as an apex court judge, a charge rubbished by him.

The ministry said Balakrishnan's role as NHRC Chairman cannot be said to be an elongation of his judicial functions at apex court. It said that all the documents pertaining to the former CJI has been sent to the Law Ministry for appropriate action.