as reported by Sh. Prabhakar Rao Voruganti in Express Buzz, 12 May 2010
NEW DELHI: Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan, who retired on Tuesday, said he never sought immunity for the office of the Chief Justice of India from the Right to Information Act (RTI Act). “I never sought immunity.
I gave replies to so many queries,” replied Justice Balakrishnan while interacting with the media in the evening. Asked if he preferred an amendment to RTI, he said, “We have problem with very, very small portion of the RTI which affects the dignity and independence of the judiciary.
It is misleading to read that CJI wanted immunity.” Asked whether he preferred any via media instead of impeachment, the outgoing Chief Justice commented, “That is why Judges Accountability Bill is being prepared.” To a query whether the judiciary needed a half way method to deal with errant judges, Justice Balakrishnan said, “Half way methods are not suitable for judiciary.”
But when it came to Justice Dinakaran, he refused to say anything, stating “I don’t want to say anything about Dinakaran as impeachment proceedings are on.” Similarly, he declined to answer a question relating to 26/11 attacker Ajmal Amir Kasab, saying, “It is a special case. Appeal will come. I don’t want to say anything.”
On the growing number of pending cases, he pointed out that filing was ever increasing despite a better disposal rate. Asked whether he was considering entering politics, he said: “I was in student politics."
WE THE PEOPLE OF INDIA are not that foolish as our former CJI think. He does not want to say anything about Ajmal Amir Kasabm or Dinakaran and the long list of convicts sentensed to death by the Hon'ble Supreme Court kept as State guests since many years. If he does not want to give his views at least after his retirement on these issues, why does he come to the Press ? WE THE PEOPLE OF INDIA know the answer; but tongue-tied with Contempt of Court Acts.