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Old 28-Feb-2011
Ex-CJI JS Verma asks KGB to quit as NHRC chief

New Delhi February 28:

With the Income Tax department alleging former Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan's kin possess "black money", ex-CJI J S Verma on Sunday demanded that Balakrishnan should quit as NHRC chief and if he does not, the President should intervene to get him removed from the post.

"I think he (Balakrishnan) should quit and if the allegations are not true according to him, the burden lies on him to prove them wrong and silence is no longer an option," Verma said reacting to the charge by the I-T department.

On if he refuses to step down, Verma said, "Well, in that case, I think it's time the President should move in to take action. There is after all a provision for removal. "So if he chooses to keep quiet and doesn't have himself cleared, well then, the removal proceedings should be commenced," he said.

In further embarrassment to Balakrishnan, who is currently the Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the Income Tax authorities in Kochi had alleged yesterday that three of his relatives were found to possess black money during their investigation into allegations of amassment of disproportionate wealth by them.

"As far as Justice Balakrishnan is concerned, I cannot say anything. But as far as his relatives-- two sons-in-law and brother are concerned, we have found there is black money", Director General of Income Tax (Investigation), Kochi, E T Lukose, had told reporters here. Justice Balakrishnan's sons-in-law P V Sreenijan and M J Benny, both advocates, and brother K G Bhaskaran, former Special government pleader, have been found to be possessing black money, he had said.

Verma said, "He (Balakrishnan) continues to be NHRC Chairman. His words hold no credibility. See, it's like this. Corruption is the most egregious form of human rights violation. "And a person accused of serious human rights violation heading the National Human Rights Commission itself is a great travesty of justice," the ex-Chief Justice of India said.

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