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Tremendous pressure on judges dealing with Sahara case: Justice Radhakrishnan

May 11, 2014 09:27 AM IST India India

New Delhi: Days after a bench comprising of Justice KS Radhakrishnan and Justice JS Khehar dismissed Sahara group chief Subrata Roy's petition for releasing him and two other directors of the group from jail, Justice Radhakrishnan has now revealed that there was tremendous pressure on both the judges while they were dealing with the case.

Justice Radhakrishnan, who will be retiring during the summer vacation of the Supreme Court, said that the pressure was even felt by his family. The remarks came at a function hosted in his honour.

He said, "There are matters pending with the court, but the pressure, tension and strain both of us have undergone is unimaginable. I can't explain. The pressure was reflected on my wife and family. I can't speak much on the Sahara case."

NCP National Secretary Majid Memon said the judge should not have spoken on the case. He said, "Justice Radhakrishnan should have refrained from speaking on a subjudiced matter. This is a blemish on the justice delivery system that a judge at the apex level is being approached and an attempt was made to put pressure on him."

On May 6, Roy had challenged the apex court's jurisdiction to detain him in jail for not refunding investors' money. The court had asked Subrata Roy to submit a fresh proposal if he wants bail.

The Supreme Court had lashed out at Roy saying there were attempts to put pressure on the judiciary. Justice Kehar in the ruling had said, "Calculated psychological offensives and mind games for recusal of judges by advocates should be repulsed."

Roy and the other two directors of the Group have been in judicial custody since March 4 for not abiding by the apex court's order for depositing Rs 20,000 crore of investors money with SEBI.