NEW DELHI: Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on the behalf of the Government of India, requested the Supreme Court to stop any further proceedings against the former Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan, as it may set a dangerous precedent.
The Attorney General explained the law bench headed by Justice Dipak Mishra that there should not be any other fresh investigations against the former CJI, when previous investigations against him yielded nothing.
“Investigations were done. Nothing has been found to support the allegations of the petitioner. Starting a fresh investigation against Mr BalaKrishnan with CBI or any other investigating agency will set a bad remark against him. It will set a dangerous precedent against him”, Mukul Rohotgi said.
Earlier in October 2013, the Income Tax Department’s inquiry into the complaints received against BalaKrishnan alleging of amassed assets disproportionate to their income during his tenure as the CJI has yielded no evidence.
The Government referred to the status reports submitted by the Finance, Revenue and Direct Tax departments which said that the allegations against the former CJI were found unsubstantiated. Citing the earlier reports from various Government agencies, the Attorney General said that an inquiry into the case cannot be initiated at this point of time as the person’s reputation will be at stake.
Replying to the question of the Supreme Court on whether the relatives bank accounts were investigated, the Attorney General said that the Sons-in-laws and the brother of the former CJI were lawyers and their professional receipts were examined and proved to be fair, the Times of India reported.