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Dinakaran’s name pulled out of SC list

November 1, 2009

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan has dropped the name of Karnataka High Court Justice PD Dinakaran from the list of those recommended for elevation to the Supreme Court.

The name of Justice Dinakaran has been dropped due to the allegations of corruption and land encroachment against him.

Five eminent Jurists had written letters to President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, CJI KG Balakrishnan and Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily appealing to them not to promote Dinakaran in view of the allegations against him.

The CJI conducted an informal discreet enquiry and also sought report from Tamil Nadu government.

The allegations of land encroachment were confirmed when District Collector of Thiruvallur, Palani Kumar, in his report to SC confirmed that Dinakaran had encroached on 197 acres of public land illegally.