Kochi, Jan 07 (Agencies): Former CJI K G Balakrishnan's younger brother Bhaskaran, who is facing allegations of amassing wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income, on Friday resigned as special government pleader in the Kerala High Court.

Bhaskaran resigned on health grounds, court sources said.

His resignation letter was sent through a special messenger to Advocate General C P Sudhakara Prasad, the sources said.

Bhaskaran's resignation comes two days after Balakrishnan's son-in-law P V Sreenijan quit the Youth Congress on similar charges. A complaint was also filed in a vigilance court seeking a probe into the charges against family members of the former CJI

Sreenijan, who had unsuccessfully contested the last assembly polls on Congress ticket, is facing a vigilance probe.

Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan had said this week that his government would take action against Bhaskaran if any complaint was received against him.

Facing charges of amassing disproportionate wealth in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, Bhaskaran had gone on medical leave after the Advocate General asked him to either quit as special government pleader in the state high court or go on leave.

‘Conspiracy behind attack on KGB’

The SC/ST All India Confederation on Friday came out in support of former Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan, alleging there was a conspiracy behind the concerted attack on the NHRC chairman, whose relatives are facing charges of amassing disproportionate wealth.

"The campaign against Balakrishnan is part of a conspiracy by forces that seek to resist the ascension of persons belonging to SC/ST sections to high posts in the country," K Ramankutty, president of SC/ST All India Confederation, said at a press conference here.

He said it was ironical that those who remained silent on allegations against other Supreme Court judges which had come to light in the last 15 years were taking up cudgels against Balakrishnan.

The Confederation was not against a probe into the allegations but it was wrong to portray a person as guilty even before conducting any investigation, Ramankutty said.

"The attempt is to malign a person holding a key post who came up from a very low background. This is very unfortunate," he said.

The probe should cover the allegations against the many judges who are facing charges, Ramankutty said, adding, the Confederation would submit a memorandum to the President and Prime Minister, seeking a just and impartial enquiry into the matter.

Ramankutty claimed that Balakrishnan had expressed his willingness to face any kind of probe and so far none had produced any evidence to prove the charges against him.

To a question, he said the Confederation did not want Balakrishnan to resign as NHRC chairman in view of the allegations.