Justice Dinakaran shifted to Sikkim High Court

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New Delhi, Apr 9 (ANI): Under scrutiny Karnataka High Court Chief Justice P D Dinakaran, was shifted to the Sikkim High Court in a late night decision by the Supreme Court collegium, consisting Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan and Justices SH Kapadia, RV Raveendran and Dalveer Bhandari.

The collegium had earlier asked him to go on leave.

The proposal for shifting Justice Dinakaran has been sent to the President for approval.

However, Law Minister Veerappa Moily said Justice Dinakaran must not think he is above the law.

"The hands of law are big enough. Justice Dinakaran is not above the law. It's not like the law can't reach him," warned Moily.

After Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari admitted a motion seeking Justice Dinakaran's removal in respect of certain corruption charges, he had not been coming to court to perform judicial work since December last.

On April 1, the Supreme Court collegium asked him to go on leave and appointed Justice Madan Lokur as acting Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court in his place.

The 55-page notice had in it all the 12 acts of misbehaviour by Justice Dinakaran under the Judges (Enquiry) Act, 1968.

Earlier, Chief Justice Balakrishnan had withheld the name of Justice Dinakaran for elevation to the Supreme Court on alleged charges of corruption and land encroachment.

The apex court has now decided to consider the appointment only after Justice Dinakaran is cleared of all charges. (ANI)

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