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Updated: September 19, 2009 15:28 IST

Dinakaran opts out of judges’ trip to Australia

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Justice P.D Dinakaran. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan
Justice P.D Dinakaran. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

Karnataka High Court Chief Justice P. D. Dinakaran, who has been accused of amassing wealth, has opted out of an official judges delegation to Australia led by Chief Justice of India.

“Justice Dinakaran has himself opted out of the trip to Australia,” Chief Justice K. G. Balakrishnan told reporters on the sidelines of a conference here today.

The CJI would be leading a delegation to Australia on a “study tour” beginning from Monday.

Besides the CJI, some judges from the Supreme Court, high courts and district courts would form part of the delegation from which Justice Dinakaran has dropped out.

Mr. Dinakaran’s decision comes in the backdrop of the Supreme Court’s collegium meeting on Friday which discussed his elevation to the apex court.

The meeting came close on the heels of five legal luminaries asking the CJI to reconsider Mr. Dinakaran’s elevation accusing the judge of amassing huge assets through questionable means, a charge denied by him.

Though the collegium discussed the issue for over 40 minutes ” “No decision has been taken on the issue,” said an official message sent verbally by the CJI’s office on Friday.

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