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Corruption charges against Justice Dinakaran
Sixteen charges of corruption and irregularities filed against Chief Justice PD Dinkaran.
New Delhi: Sixteen charges of corruption and irregularities have been slapped by a Rajya Sabha constituted panel against Chief Justice of the Sikkim High Court Justice PD Dinkaran, who is facing impeachment proceedings in Parliament.
The committee comprising Supreme Court Justice Aftab Alam, Karnataka High Court Justice KS Khehar and eminent jurist PP Roy issued the chargesheet to Dinakaran on March 16 and has sought his response by April 9.
The charges against him included possession of wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income, illegal encroachment on public property and land belonging to Dalits and other weaker sections.
He is also charged to possess five Tamil Nadu Housing Board plots in favour of wife and two daughters, benami transactions, acquiring and possessing agricultural holdings beyond the ceiling fixed by the TN Land Reforms Act 1961, destruction of evidence, under valuation of sale agreements, evasion of stamp duty and illegal constructions.
Justice Dinakaran has also been accused of resorting to irregular and dishonest administrative actions by fixing rosters of judges to facilitate dishonest judicial decisions while he was the Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court. He is also accused of adopting illegal transfers of judges and appointments of staff, sources said.
Justice Dinakaran was recommended for appointment as a SC judge in August 2009 but the move was stalled following the allegations against him.
The motion for Dinakaran's removal was admitted in the Rajya Sabha on December 17, 2009 following which Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari constituted the panel to probe the allegations.
While slapping charges against Dinakaran, the panel took into consideration various material furnished by the Income Tax department and Tamil Nadu government to justify the allegations against him.
With PTI input
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