Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Don't interfere with judicial process: CJI

Prabhakar Rao Voruganti
First Published : 01 Jul 2009 04:44:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 01 Jul 2009 08:22:05 AM IST

NEW DELHI: The Chief Justice of India on Tuesday said Ministers should not interfere in the functioning of courts.

Justice K G Balakrishnan was reacting to allegations of a Madras High Court judge that a Union Minister, who he did not name, had tried to influence his decision on a bail plea of a doctor and his son charged with forging documents.

The Chief Justice told a TV channel that ministers should not interfere. “It is bad for the judiciary,” he was quoted as saying.

Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily, however, remained non-committal on the issue. “Let me verify the case first, then I can comment on it,” he told a television channel. Significantly, he stressed that his Ministry didn’t normally get involved in such matters. He said such issues would be looked into by the judiciary.

On Monday, Justice R Regupathi of the Madras High Court, revealed in open court that a Union Minister had called him up asking him to pass orders in favour of a doctor-son duo. The case relates to anticipatory bail sought for C Krishnamurthy and his son Kiruba Sridhar, a third-year MBBS student.

The CBI registered cases against them for trying to get Sridhar’s marks inflated.

Justice Regupathi has referred the case to the Chief Justice, for placing it before some other judge. He opted out from the case after accepting the apology from the counsel for the petitioners.

Sack the Minister, says SC Bar Association

Supreme Court Bar Association president M N Krishnamani called for sacking of the Minister who sought to exert influence over a Madras High Court judge.

Speaking to The New Indian Express, Krishnamani said, “Such a person has no business to be a minister. He doesn’t deserve to be a minister.

He should be sacked immediately. I would have been happy if the judge had disclosed the name of the Union Minister… We will all be with him. The entire country, the entire lawyer community will be with the judge.”

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