Thursday, 4 June 2015

Is Justice Kshitij Vyas a bit too friendly with Mukesh Ambani?

Are judges unduly friendly with big corporates? Last year, Reliance wrote in a letter to former Chief Justice of Bombay High Court KR Vyas: “I am pleased to inform you that your consultancy is further extended for one year i.e. upto April 30, 2015.” The letter reveals that Justice Kshitij Vyas was receiving hefty amounts from Reliance as consultancy. Several other retired Judges who were approached by Dhirubhai’s successors had refused to be on company’s pay roll.

Justice Kshitij R Vyas, formerly Chief Justice of Bombay High Court, was reportedly close to Mukesh Ambani and also the then Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi. On recommendations of Modi, Justice Vyas was appointed as the Chairman of the monitoring authority overseeing fake encounters in Gujarat. However in a setback to Modi, Supreme Court removed Justice Vyas from the chair -- a rare snub by the apex court to a former CJ.

Reliance Industries Limited gave an appointment letter to Justice (Retd) Kshitij Vyas. Payback for favours?

Justice Vyas was caught in a web of controversy when his name was rejected by Congress for being the Lokayukt of Gujarat. However, he was later selected as the Lokayukta of Maharashtra.

This appointment letter and the original report was available at http://indiasamvad.co.in/in-season-of-super-bails-heres-a-story-of-chief-justice-on-reliance-pay-roll/

However, the report, written by Deepak Sharma on India Samvad has since been "pulled". By whom? And at whose say-so? The Ambanis? Or someone in the judiciary?

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Krish
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