New Delhi: With the Income Tax department alleging former Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan's kin of possessing unaccounted money, ex-CJI J S Verma on Sunday demanded that Balakrishnan should quit as NHRC chief.

Verma further said that, the President should intervene to get him removed from the post if Balakrishnan does not take the initiative.

"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," Verma said reacting to the charge by the I-T department.

According to the I-T department, Justice Balakrishnan's sons-in-law P V Sreenijan and M J Benny, both advocates, and brother K G Bhaskaran who is former Special government pleader, were found to possess black money but were tight lipped about the amount.

Expressing "great disappointment" over the allegation, Verma said, "I feel the situation's credibility ought to be protected from further erosion as also the individual credibility of Balakrishnan himself."

Maintaining that the law should take its own course, Verma said, "I think judges should be answerable and accountable to a yardstick, at least as strict as and preferably stricter than the one that applies to others when they judge others."

Earlier the department had stated that the probe was in the final stages and is likely to be completed by next month.
According to the Kerala I-T official, "The Central government has so far not asked us – the IT investigation wing -- for any report."

The investigation wing had at first conducted a preliminary inquiry into the allegations of amassment of wealth against the relatives of Balakrishnan.

After the allegations came to the fore, Bhaskaran, Balakrishnan's brother had resigned as special government pleader of Kerala High Court citing health reasons.

Sreenijan, who had unsuccessfully contested the assembly polls as a Congress candidate, had quit Youth Congress after facing the charges. He is also facing a vigilance probe.

(Agency)