NCSC comes out to back Dinakaran

PNS | New Delhi

Upset over the adverse reports on Karnataka Chief Justice PD Dinakaran who is slated for elevation to the Supreme Court, the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has threatened to step in after it questioned the Government’s ‘silence’ on the constant ‘vilification’ campaign against Dalit judges - Chief Justice of India and Dinakaran.

Deputy Director of the Commission Kaushal Kumar in a Press statement on Thursday said, "The NCSC has taken a serious view of the campaign launched in the entire media - print and electronic - by some anti-Dalit and casteist elements both in the Bar Council of India and various Bar Associations of the States and the judicial activists who are already known for having casteist attitude towards the increasing strength of SCs/STs in the judicial services of the country."

Referring to a news report that said the tirade against Justice Dinakaran had much to do with his caste tag, the Commission questioned the Government’s silence on this issue. Stating that the Government had a duty to protect the honour of the judges, especially Scheduled Caste judges serving in various courts of the country, the Commission issued an open threat: "If the tirade against Scheduled Castes in judiciary is not stopped the Commission will be duty bound to take stock of the situation which has arisen from the unabashed and continuous campaign of vilification against Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan and Chief Justice of Karnataka PD Dinakaran."

The name of Justice Dinakaran was cleared by the Supreme Court collegium early this month as a Supreme Court judge. But this development followed with a series of letters written by eminent jurists and lawyers’ associations in Chennai leveling serious charges of corruption and disproportionate assets against Justice Dinakaran. In the light of the allegations, eminent jurists including Fali Nariman and Shanti Bhushan demanded a freeze on his appointment.

Referring to the charges, the NCSC said, "Unfortunately the Government is keeping silent, which has given sufficient room to the media to play upon the constitutional rights of Scheduled Castes as granted in the Constitution of India."

Stopping short of recommending a probe, the Commission’s statement said: "The matter is so serious that the Commission will have taken into its hand the full investigation of the case but the Commission respects the judiciary and all members of the judiciary, including the SCs."