Monday, 18 May 2015

CJI Dattu, explain whether Justice Dhanapalan or Justice Karnan are unfit

The Chief Justice of India needs to break his sphinx-like silence and speak up. Is Justice Karnan an RTI activist and whistleblower who has exposed a major fraud by Justice Dhanapalan, and also exposed a flaw in the judicial selection system? Or is he a quarrelsome and cantankerous person who has lost his sense of judgment?

C S Karnan recently asked CBI to inquire into the educational qualifications Justice V Dhanapalan -- a brother-judge in Madras High Court. In a signed letter addressed to the joint director of CBI in Chennai, Justice Karnan alleged that bogus qualifications were shown by Justice Dhanapalan.

He is supposed to have studied at Dr Ambedkar Government Law College from 1980 to 1983, enrolled as an advocate in the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu, and obtained a master's degree in law from University of Madras in 1987. These facts are “bogus“, Justice Karnan said in the letter.

Karnan argues that Dhanapalan was working in the P&T department as a permanent telegraphist between August 3, 1976, and November 30, 1988. This means that Dhanapalan had “produced bogus certificate and obtained the position of judge at the Madras high court“, the letter said.


The Chief Justice of India needs to break his sphinx-like silence and speak up. Is Justice Karnan an RTI activist and whistleblower who has exposed a major fraud by Justice Dhanapalan, and also exposed a flaw in the judicial selection system? Or is he a quarrelsome and cantankerous person who has lost his sense of judgment?
Why is Chief Justice HL Dattu silent regarding the shocking fraud allegedly committed by Justice V Dhanapalan of Madras High Court? Does his accuser, Justice CS Karnan, have a grip on the facts? Or are his allegations just vendetta? 


Karnan furnished a copy of the employment details of Dhanapalan (obtained through RTI) and the copy of `vakalath' filed by Dhanapalan in the HC, along with the letter. Justice Karnan directed the CBI to conduct an inquiry to “prove the case before the Supreme Court“.

But surely, the CJI can do better! Is this really such a complicated matter, requiring three months? Isn't it his moral responsibility to ensure that only proper judge remains in his seat every single day? The Chief Justice may not be able to dismiss any judge (because that would require the arduous process of impeachment, involvement the parliament)... but surely, Mr Dattu can give proper directions in his administrative capacity so that no matters are put before a person who is not fit to be a judge!

Whether Mr Karnan or Mr Dhanapalan is the wrong sort of person, unfit to be a high court judge, we do not know. But what We The People do understand is that this is not an internal dispute of the judiciary. It deeply concerns us all.

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    RTI Applications revealed that:-
    #The complaint about fabrication of viva records on or before 16.07.2015, was made to PMO, President of India, Un Law Minister, Home Min & CJI and most of them forwarded to Reg Gen Delhi High Court, PS to CJ Delhi High Court for appropriate inquiry but all such forwarded complaint were filed(dismissed), without any finding that fabrication allegations are false or that viva records were checked & not found to be fabricated as alleged.
    Para 2 of RTI REPLY BEARINGS NO. 19410/RTI/DHC/676/2015 DATED 01.10.2015;
    Para i of RTI REPLY BEARINGS NO. 22329/RTI/DHC/807/2015 DATED 17.11.2015;
    Para h of RTI REPLY BEARINGS NO. 141/RTI/DHC/963/2015 DATED 05.01.2016.
    # The record of viva proceedings from 18 to 21 May 2015 was never destroyed. Para a, b & c of RTI REPLY BEARINGS NO. 141/RTI/DHC/963/2015 DATED 05.01.2016.
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    # The information, whether any record of viva proceedings was ever prepared, can't be disclosed under RTI act; Para 4(i), 4(ii) 4(iii) of RTI REPLY BEARINGS NO. 19410/RTI/DHC/676/2015 DATED 01.10.2015.
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