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Charges Against Dinakaran To Stay: SC

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In a setback to Sikkim High Court Chief Justice P D Dinakaran, the Supreme Courton Tuesday refused to quash some of the charges framed against him by a Rajya Sabha-appointed panel looking into allegations of corrupt practices and misconduct against him.

A bench headed by Justice G S Singhvi, however, allowed Dinakaran's plea seeking removal of senior advocate P P Rao from the inquiry panel.

The bench asked Rajya Sabha chairman and Vice President Hamid Ansari to reconstitute the panel by replacing Rao with another distinguished jurist.

The court, however, made it clear that Dinakaran will be facing the same charges which were framed by the three-member committee comprising Supreme Court judge Justice Aftab Alam, Karnataka High Court Chief Justice J S Khehar and senior advocate P P Rao. 

The apex court had also rejected Sharan's contention that the panel can neither conduct its own probe nor frame any additional charges as it is prohibited under Section 3 of the Judges Inquiry Act.

"How can you say that? Supposing someone fabricates documents and submits it to the Speaker or Chairman as the case may be. The members on the basis of the fabricated documents adopt the notice of motion. Should the committee not scrutinise the material?" the bench had asked.

"They are legally trained minds who can detect the fabricated material. In fact, it would offer protection to a judge also from baseless allegations," the bench had said.

(PTI)


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