The SC sought the help from attorney general in probing a case against former chief justice of India K.G Balakrishnan.
The Apex court has sought help from the Attorney General to hear a petition filed by former Chief Justice of India K. G Balakrishnan seeking a CBI investigation in a alleged case of amassing of wealth during his tenure as judge in a supreme court and as chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission.
The plea which came for hearing on Tuesday by a bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C Pant sought the assistance of Attorney general saying ‘ Let the learned Attorney-General appear and assist us’
The Bench also fixed November 15 as the date for hearing a Public Interest Litigation, filed by NGO Common Cause.
The PIL has been filed by the NGO in order to remove Justice Balakrishnan from the post of NHRC chairman for alleged purchase of ”benami” properties.
The bench said that the court would only look into the violations of income tax and not Benami transactions saying that It is the duty of the Income-Tax officer to find out the source of income. That action has not been taken.
Around 21 properties have been acquired in the names of former CJI KG Balakrishnan’s son, daughter and brother, alleged the public prosecutor advocate Prashant Bhushan appearing for the NGO.
The public prosecutor also argued that the replies submitted for the questions of Income- Tax department to identify the sources of income were not sufficient.
Mr Bhushan also asked for preliminary inquiry by CBI into the charges of disproportionate assets under the Prevention of Corruption Act and said that he has submitted copies of certain sale deeds pertaining to some properties.