The government has to be applauded for rejecting the recommendation made by the Supreme Court to elevate Justice P.D. Dinakaran (Dec. 5). The collegium could have been a bit more proactive in withdrawing the recommendation so as to select a candidate against whom there is no doubt in the public perception.
Finally, the good news that Justice Dinakaran will not be elevated has come. One only hopes that the collegium will also think the same way. When Justice Dinakaran did not resign in the wake of allegations of land encroachment, he should have been asked to vacate the office until his name was cleared. How come neither the judiciary nor the government thought on these lines to save the image and prestige of the judiciary?
At last, the government has acted decisively, stalling the elevation of Justice Dinakaran to the Supreme Court. Now the question arises whether he can continue as Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court. The best option could be to ask him to go on a long leave until his name is cleared of the charges against him.
The members of the Karnataka Bar Association deserve the highest praise for waging a relentless struggle against Justice Dinakaran. Equally deserving praise are some farmers’ associations in Tamil Nadu which protested against the judge. Unless the high and mighty are exposed and given exemplary punishment, they will continue to indulge in corruption which has sapped the vitals of this vast country.
Kutub Shamshudin. A,
The Union Law Ministry decision is based on the Intelligence Bureau’s findings on his illegal and disproportionate holdings of property not commensurate with his earnings. To this end, the decision appears to be in line with ‘jurisprudence.’ It is now up to Justice Dinakaran to counter this allegation. Law must take its course and undue influence, political or otherwise, is unwarranted.