Ex-CJI''s 3 kins found in possession of black money: I-T dept

Kochi, Feb 26 (PTI) In further embarrassment to formerChief Justice of India justice K G Balakrishnan, Income Taxauthorities today said they have unearthed black money inpossession of three of his relatives during theirinvestigation into allegations of amassment of wealth by them.

"As far as Justice Balakrishnan is concerned, I cannot sayanything. But as far as his relatives-- two sons-in-law andbrother are concerned, we have found there is black money",Director General of Income Tax (Investigation), Kochi, E TLukose, told reporters here.

Justice Balakrishnan''s sons-in-law P V Sreenijan and M JBenny, both advocates, and brother K G Bhaskaran, formerSpecial government Pleader, have been found to be possessingblack money, he said.

"We are investigating how they have got the black money.

We will again question the relatives", he said.

The official refused to state the quantum of black moneywith the three relatives of Justice Balakrishnan who is theChairman of National Human Rights Commission.

Lukose refused to say whether Justice Balakrishnan will bequestioned or not. "I cannot say anything now", he said.

The I-T investigation covered the last five years, hesaid adding the probe was in the final stages and likely to becompleted by next month.

"The central government has so far not asked us -- the ITinvestigation wing -- for any report," he said.

The investigation wing had at first conducted apreliminary inquiry into the allegations of amassment ofwealth against the relatives of Justice Balakrishnan.

After the allegations came to the fore, Bhaskaran hadresigned as special government pleader of Kerala High Courtciting health reasons.

Sreenijan, who had unsuccesfully contested the assemblypolls as a Congress candidate, had quit Youth Congress afterfacing the charges. He is also facing a vigilance probe.

Media reports had alleged that Bhaskaran, Sreenijan andBenny had allegedly amassed wealth disproportionate to knownsources of their income when Balakrishanan was the ChiefJustice of India, drawing demands from various quarters,including advocates associations, for his resignation as NHRCchief.

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