Collegium drops Dinakaran's name to SC

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New Delhi, Nov 1: The Supreme Court Collegium 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 Dinakaran has been removed following the allegations of corruption and land encroachment against him.

Sources said that 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.

According to the CJI, the decision of the Supreme Court Collegium to not promote Dinakaran till the enquiry against him is completed has already been conveyed to the Central Government.

However, Dinakaran rubbished the report and denied the allegations.

The collegium has cleared the elevation of four others namely Justice AK Patnayak (Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court), Justice Tirath Singh Thakur, Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court), Justice SS Nijjar (Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court) and Justice KS Radhakrishna ( Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court).

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