"Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress should come forward and answer the allegations of how different constitutional bodies, including the Judiciary, were misused for political reasons. It is unfortunate and a matter of serious concern," BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

He said Congress and corruption "are made for each other" and the "jugglery" of judicial appointments made by UPA is another example of how the Congress "misused" constitutional bodies.

Former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju, now Chairman of Press Council of India, had yesterday (Monday) triggered a controversy by alleging that three Chief Justices of India made "improper compromises" during UPA rule in allowing a judge in Tamil Nadu under corruption cloud to continue in office.

Katju poses six questions to Lahoti
1)    Katju asked if after receiving the adverse IB report against the Additional Judge, Lahoti, who was then Chief Justice of India, called a meeting of the three-Judge Supreme Court Collegium, consisting of himself, Justice Y K Sabharwal and Justice Ruma Pal, and the Collegium, having perused the IB report recommended to the Government of India not to extend the 2-year-term of that Additional Judge?

2)    Katju asked, "Is it, or is it not, correct that after that recommendation of the 3 Judge Collegium of the Supreme Court was sent to the Government of India, he (Justice Lahoti), on his own, without consulting his 2 other Supreme Court Collegium colleagues, wrote a letter to the Government of India asking the Government to give another 1 year term as Additional Judge to the concerned Judge?"

3)    Katju further said on his blog, "If indeed the IB reported, after an enquiry, that the Judge was indulging in corruption, why did he (Justice Lahoti) recommend to the Government of India to give that corrupt Judge another term of 1 year as Additional Judge in the High Court?"

4)    "Is it, or is it not, correct that I first wrote him a letter from Chennai, stating that there were serious allegations of corruption about an Additional Judge of Madras High Court, and therefore he (Justice Lahoti) should get a secret intelligence enquiry held against that Additional Judge, and thereafter I personally met Justice Lahoti at Delhi and again requested for a secret IB enquiry against the Additional Judge about whom I had received several complaints, and from several sources, that he was indulging in corruption?
5)    "Is it, or is it not, correct that on my request Justice Lahoti ordered a secret IB enquiry against that Judge?

6)    "Is it, or is it not correct, that a few weeks after I personally met him in Delhi and then returned to Chennai, he telephoned me from Delhi (while I was at Chennai) and told me that the IB, after thorough enquiry, gave a report that indeed the Judge was indulging in corruption?"

DMK slams Katju for "baseless" allegations

DMK on Tuesday slammed former Supreme Court Judge Markandey Katju for his "wild and baseless" allegation that "TN partner" of the UPA lobbied for a corrupt judge.

"We wanted to ignore his wild and baseless allegations. He neither named the party nor the judge," DMK spokesperson T K S Elangovan said.

"Vested interests" were the reason behind such allegations, he said and added, the matter was taken up with party chief M Karunanidhi as it was raked up in Parliament.

"Our leader (Karunanidhi) has held consultations within the party (on the matter). He will decide what needs to be done.... An appropriate move will be made by him," Elangovan said.

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