New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday granted a stay order on the pre-impeachment probe by a Rajya Sabha-appointed three members panel into allegations of judicial misconduct and corruption against Sikkim High Court Chief Justice P D Dinakaran.

The Supreme Court passed the order on a plea by Dinakaran fearing an unfair investigation against him by the panel comprising Justice Aftab Alam of the apex court, Karnataka High Court Chief Justice J S Khehar and senior advocate P P Rao.

Dinakaran had claimed that the inclusion P P Rao in the investigation panel could lead to a biased probe.

While defending Dinakaran, his advocate Amrendra Saran pleaded before the bench of Justice H S Bedi and Justice C K Prasad that Rao was part of a delegation of lawyers, who had met the former Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan  to oppose his client’ s elevation to Supreme Court.

He said, “Inclusion of Rao in the investigation panel may have an adverse impact on the probe.” After hearing his argument the bench stayed the proceedings against Dinakaran and issued notice against senior lawyer PP Rao. The court also sought an explanation from Rao.

(JPN/ Bureau)