Chennai: Former telecom minister and DMK leader A Raja, already under the scanner in the multi-crore 2G spectrum scam, has been named by the Madras High Court as the Union minister who tried to influence a judge.
According to the High Court order on Tuesday, Raja tried to influence Justice R Raghupathy. A judge of the High Court, Justice Raghupaty wrote a letter in 2009 to the then Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan in which he claimed that Chairman of Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry K Chandramohan, who is reportedly a friend of Raja, tried to influence him.
Chandramohan, who was representing clients in a criminal case, tried to influence Justice Raghupati over phone in 2009 by claiming that he was a friend of a Union minister by the name of Raja.
In his letter dated July 2, 2009, to the then CJI Balakrishnanm, justice Raghupaty wrote, "On 12/6/2009 at about 2PM during lunch while I was in the Chamber of the Madras HC, my office assistant informed me that Mr. Chandramohan, Chairman Bar council of TN, was waiting and seeking an appointment to meet me and immediately I allowed him to come in. To start with he discussed about the general subject on advocates and proceeding he said two persons who are father and son/accused in a criminal case are family friends of a union minister by name A Raja and that the petition filed by them for anticipatory bail must be considered favourably. Simultaneously he handed over his mobile phone by saying that the Union minister is on the line to have a talk with me, right away I discouraged such conduct of Mr. Chandramohan and told him that the case would be disposed off in accordance with law."
However, Balakrishnan claimed that he never received any complaint from Justice Raghupathy.
"No complaint was received from Justice Raghupathy of the Madras High Court allegaing that a union minister interfered with his judicial function. If anything, happened like that he himself could have exercised his power of contempt of court for which no permission is required from the Chief Justice of India," said Balakrishnan on Tuesday.
Madras High Court has suspended Chandramohan.
In his defence, Raja said, "I never spoke to any judge and did not authorise any person to speak on my behalf."
However, these revelations raised serious questions as to why did the Chief Justice of India not take any action against Raja and why not even an investigation was conducted in the matter.