THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Supreme Court has acknowledged that the petition of Pinarayi Vijayan challenging the nod given by the Governor to prosecute him in the SNC-Lavalin case was scheduled for urgent orders/directions by the Registrar following a directive from the then Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan.
This was revealed in a Right to Information answer given by Raj Pal Aurora, the Public Information Officer at the Supreme Court. The answer was given on February 20 this year to Zulfikar Ali, a Supreme Court lawyer.
‘’I filed a set of questions regarding the expedition on Vijayan’s petitions. The most significant answer I got was the one about the directive of the CJI to the Registrar,’’ Zulfikar Ali told ‘Express’.
The PIO, however, refused to answer a query of Ali whether Vijayan had submitted an application to the Supreme Court seeking an early hearing of his plea.
M Furquan, the Delhibased journalist, in his petition to the Vice-President had alleged that the petition of Pinarayi Vijayan was given an undue preference by the then CJI as demanded by the latter’s family members and a couple of senior bureaucrats.
The petition had been the last attempt by Pinarayi to avoid personal appearance in a CBI trial court in Kerala.
Governor R S Gavai had sanctioned the prosecution of Pinarayi in June, 2009.
The Supreme Court PIO made it clear that as per the SC rules, the Registrar has the power to schedule cases in different courts. The petition filed by Pinarayi Vijayan on August 31, 2009, was scheduled for hearing in the week starting January 19, 2010, by the Registrar “after obtaining orders/directions from the CJI”, says the RTI reply.
No wonder CPI (M) is tight-lipped on the the allegations of amassing properties worth several crores by justice KGB’s son and daughter without known sources of matching income. Greed and selfishness of those in politics, judiciary and executive are ruining a great nation with immense potential to become a word-leader.It is a pity that there is hardly any one who can be pointed out as anexception to this.
By somarajan krishnan
12/31/2010 1:05:00 PM