Apex court judge refuses to hear graft case against judiciary

August 7th, 2008 - 2:07 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 7 (IANS) The second seniormost judge of the Supreme Court of India Thursday refused to hear a lawsuit seeking a high-level probe into the allegations that several retired and sitting judges were beneficiaries of fraudulent withdrawal of over Rs.70 million from the Ghaziabad district court’s treasury. Justice B.N. Agarwal stepped down from the hearings following repeated allegations by former junior law minister and senior counsel Shanti Bhushan that “the Supreme Court is protecting corrupt judicial officials”.

Justice Agarwal said he would not be party to hearing unsubstantiated allegations against the Supreme Court.

He referred the case to Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan for deciding the future course of action.

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