News: Take action against Minister, CJI told

Puducherry, July 4: The Federation for People’s Rights has urged the Chief Justice of India to initiate suo motu proceedings against the Union minister concerned, who tried to influence a Madras High Court judge, in protecting a doctor – son duo accused in Pondicherry University marks scandal.

In a memorandum, Federation secretary G Sugumaran has said such a measure was necessary to uphold the supremacy of the Judiciary and also independent functioning of the judges.

The judiciary needs to take steps, besides instructing the Centre to take stringent action against the minister concerned to avoid such recurrence in future.

Legal experts have also expressed that the Union minister’s action was a cognizable offence under the contempt proceeding. They have also have stressed for action against the minister.

Referring to a statement by a former CJ, Sugumaran stated that there was no point of punishing someone for small offence, if action cannot be taken against the powerful and the high and mighty.

He also urged the CJ to take appropriate measures to bring to book the senior officials involved in mark scandal.

He also sought the arrest of those named in the murder of the University employee V jayaraman who brought the matter to light. No arrests have been made so far in this case.

The New Indian Express / 05.07.2009.

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