SC Collegium Drops Recommendations for Dinakaran Elevation

The Supreme Court collegium has decided that it will drop its recommendations for elevation of Karnataka Chief Justice PD Dinakaran to the apex court following wide controversy about the move, for Dinakaran is facing charges of land grabbing, said reports.

The collegiums, which his lead by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan and comprises of Justice S H Kapadia, Tarun Chatterjee, Altamas Kabir and R V Raveendran, met on Thursday evening and decided to withdraw its recommendation for his elevation.

The Union Law Ministry had already turned down the August 27 recommendation of the collegiums, asking it to reconsider the decision.

On Thursday, Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari had admitted a notice of impeachment motion moved by 76 MPs against Dinakaran over land-grabbing allegations.

The Chairman is expected to constitute a three-member committee comprising a Supreme Court judge, a high court chief justice and a jurist to examine the notice and give its views before the impeachment process is carried forward.

Dinakaran, who has kept away from judicial work, has ruled out his resignation and termed as ‘unfortunate’ the impeachment motion tabled against him in Rajya Sabha.

Justice Dinakaran has said that allegations of land grabbing against him were ‘baseless and incorrect’ and claimed that he can substantiate that his family was not holding any land beyond the limit.

On the impeachment motion moved against him in Rajya Sabha, he said that it was not an end by itself and nothing could be concluded on that.

“I can only say it is an unfortunate situation. Unfortunate not from my point of view, unfortunate for not taking the entire reality and entire facts available on record into consideration,” he had said.

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