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Updated: December 19, 2010 03:13 IST

Regupathi: I am not scared

K. T. Sangameswaran
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R. Regupathi
R. Regupathi

The former Madras High Court judge, R. Regupathi, on Saturday said he was neither scared nor confused in the context of media reports on his letter to the then Chief Justice of the court on an advocate's alleged attempt to influence him using the name of A. Raja, then Union Minister, in a case.

On his arrival here from New Delhi, Justice Regupathi said he had clearly mentioned — in his July 2, 2009 letter to Justice H.L. Gokhale — the name of Mr. Raja, which was taken by advocate R.K. Chandramohan for securing anticipatory bail for two persons. It was there in the order passed by a Division Bench this month, said Justice Regupathi.

The Bench suspended Mr. Chandramohan as Chairman of the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry. It cited Mr. Regupathi's letter, wherein he said he had disapproved of the conduct of Mr. Chandramohan and that the anticipatory bail matter would be disposed of in accordance with the law, if listed before him.

Justice Regupathi said he was never scared or confused. Nor did he ever seek security.

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I find that the needle of suspicion points to the former CJI; therefore it is all the more important that the matter be made public in full by the Judiciary & the Government. The CJI must be above all suspicion. Otherwise very bad days are ahead.

from:  Rabi Mishra
Posted on: Dec 19, 2010 at 10:34 IST

The former CJI K.G.Balakrishnan had maintained that Justice R. Regupathy could have directly proceeded against the Union Minister (A.Raja) who had purportedly tried to influence him on a case through the Bar Council president A.K.Chandramohan even without seeking any direction from the CJI or the CJ of the concerned Madras High Court. This comment from him went in real bad taste. H.L Gokhale, the then CJ of Madras H.C had rightly forwarded the letter of the Justice R. Regupathy wherein he had quoted the relevant portion of the advocates request for a favourable consideration of the bail plea in respect of two accused, father and son duo involved in a murder case, who were family friends of A.Raja, the telecom Minister then. Justice H.L Gokhale was forced to explain to press on the continuity of the correspondence between him and the former CJI K.G. Balakrishnan, while the latter reiterated that he had not received the letter of Justice Regupathy who was a Judge in the Madras High Court then. Probably the controversy on the reporting of the Madras H.C to CJI in S.C will expose the lacuna in the system of correspondence between the Chief Justices of High Courts with the CJI in the Supreme Court. I am confident that the law abiding majority populace of our democracy will endorse the views of noted jurist Shanti Bhushan dem¬anding a probe into this episode which discounts the image of judiciary to a great extent. There may be a political colour to this issue due to the fact that A.Raja the tainted minister is involved in the telecom scam and the government is reluctant for a JPC enquiry etc. On looking the issue even as a wholly apolitical one, we will be concerned as the truth is lying hidden somewhere else distorting the key ingredients of non-prejudicial factual analysis of misfeasance of a minister who attempted to influence the judicial function of a judge in the Madras High Court. The secondary concern will be that the CJI could not rise to the situation and use his might to depose the minister from the union cabinet and take legal proceedings against him.

from:  Madan Menon Thottasseri
Posted on: Dec 19, 2010 at 07:57 IST

The rtd. Justice Reghupati surely must be having a copy of the complaint letter he wrote to the CJ of Madras! Instead of repeating himself about how he had mentioned the ministers name in his letter both at New Delhi and in Chennai, he could produce the copy of his letter and call the Bluff of the then CJI. Something seems to be wrong somewhere indeed!

from:  Lakshmi Narasimhan Krishnamoorthy
Posted on: Dec 19, 2010 at 02:32 IST
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