Pressure mounts on Balakrishnan to quit

February 28, 2011, PTI | New Delhi, Source:

With the Income Tax department alleging former Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan's kin possess "black money", ex-CJI JS Verma on Sunday demanded that Balakrishnan should quit as NHRC chief and if he does not, the President should intervene to get him removed from the post.

"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 and silence is no longer an option," Verma said reacting to the charge by the I-T department.

On if he refuses to step down, Verma said, "Well, in that case, I think it's time the President should move in to take action. There is after all a provision for removal.

"So if he chooses to keep quiet and doesn't have himself cleared, well then, the removal proceedings should be commenced," he said.

In further embarrassment to Balakrishnan, who is currently the chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the Income Tax authorities in Kochi had alleged on Saturday stated that three of his relatives were found to possess black money during their investigation into allegations of amassment of disproportionate wealth by them.

"As far as Justice Balakrishnan is concerned, I cannot say anything. But as far as his relatives — two sons-in-law and brother are concerned, we have found there is black money," Director General of Income Tax (Investigation), Kochi, E T Lukose, had told reporters here.