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SC asks government for action taken report on ex-CJI Balakrishnan property case

New Delhi, Mon, 13 Feb 2012 ANI

New Delhi, Feb 13 (ANI): Supreme Court today asked the Centre to brief it on action taken on an allegation against former Chief Justice of India and NHRC chairman K G Balakrishnan for amassing disproportionate assets.


A bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia directed the government to respond within a month on action taken by it or intended to be taken regarding the allegation.


The bench asked Attorney General G E Vahanvati to appraise it on the issue within a month.


Vahanvati, in response, assured the court that he will go through the petition and will write to all government authorities concerned.


The court was hearing a PIL filed by NGO Common Cause seeking directions to the government to conduct probe against the former CJI for allegedly amassing disproportionate assets.


KG Balakrishnan, who had disclosed his assets and liabilities for 2009 and 2010, did not provide information for 2007 and 2008 when held the post of Chief Justice of India.


Balakrishnan, who heads the National Human Rights Commission, had informed the Income Tax Department in April last year that he was not willing to disclose his assets as they were not related to any public interest. (ANI)


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