CJI row: BJP questions Manmohan Singh, Congress

RSTV Bureau

supreme_courtBJP asked former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Congress to answer allegations of “improper compromises” by three Ex-CJIs during UPA rule, saying the matter was “unfortunate”.

“Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress should come forward and answer the allegations of how different constitutional bodies, including the Judiciary, were misused for political reasons. It is unfortunate and a matter of serious concern,” BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

He said Congress and corruption “are made for each other” and the “jugglery” of judicial appointments made by UPA is another example of how the Congress “misused” constitutional bodies.

Former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju, now Chairman of Press Council of India, had triggered a controversy on Monday by alleging that three ex-Chief Justices of India made “improper compromises” during UPA rule in allowing a judge in Tamil Nadu under corruption cloud to continue in office.

DMK slammed Katju

DMK slammed former Supreme Court Judge Markandey Katju on Tuesday for his “wild and baseless” allegation that “TN partner” of the UPA lobbied for a corrupt judge.

“We wanted to ignore his wild and baseless allegations. He neither named the party nor the judge,” DMK spokesperson T. K. S. Elangovan said.
“Vested interests” were the reason behind such allegations, he said.

The matter was taken up with DMK Chief M. Karunanidhi as it was raked up in Parliament, he said.

“Our leader (Karunanidhi) has held consultations within the party (on the matter). He will decide what needs to be done. An appropriate move will be made by him,” Elangovan said.