Political row over the alligations of Justice Markandey Katju on corrupt justice in supreme court

Political row over the alligations of Justice Markandey Katju on corrupt justice in supreme court

There was an additional judge of the Madras high court against whom there were several allegations of corruption. He had been directly appointed as a district judge in Tamil Nadu, and during his career as district judge there were as many as eight adverse entries against him recorded by various portfolio judges of the Madras high court. But one acting chief justice of Madras high court by a single stroke of his pen deleted all those adverse entries, and consequently he became an additional judge of the high court, and he was in that post when I came as chief justice of Madras high court in November 2004.

That judge had the solid support of a very important political leader of Tamil Nadu. I was told that this was because while a district judge he had granted bail to that political leader.

Since I was getting many reports about his corruption, I requested the Chief Justice of India, Justice RC Lahoti, to get a secret IB inquiry made about him. A few weeks thereafter, while I was in Chennai, I received a call from the secretary of the CJI saying that Justice Lahoti wanted to talk to me. The CJI then came on the line and said that what I had complained about had been found true. Evidently the IB had found enough material about the judge’s corruption. Since the two-year term as additional judge of that person was coming to an end, I assumed he would be discontinued as a judge of the high court in view of the IB report. However, what actually happened was that he got another one year’s appointment as an additional judge, though six other additional judges who had been appointed with him were confirmed and made permanent judges of the high court.

I later learned how this happened. The Supreme Court collegium consists of five most senior judges for recommending names for appointment as a Supreme Court judge, and three most senior judges for dealing with high courts.

The three most senior judges in the Supreme Court at that time were the Chief Justice of India, Justice Lahoti, Justice YK Sabharwal, and Justice Ruma Pal. This Supreme Court collegium recommended that in view of the adverse IB report the judge should be discontinued as a high court judge after his two-year term was over, and this recommendation was sent to the central government.

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Former Supreme Court Judge & Present Chairman of the PCI Markandeya Katju has dropped a bombshell in confirming that a corrupt additional Judge was promoted to the Madras High Court by the UPA government because the DMK was putting pressure on them and threatening to withdraw support. The Judge was allegedly promoted because he saved the political career of a senior DMK leader by giving him bail. It appears that another Judge, acting CJ of the Madras HC deleted all adverse entries of the corrupt additional Judge. It also seems that a senior Congress Minister at the centre got to former CJ of the Supreme Court of India and made him recommend the corrupt TN Judge for another additional term.

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