The High Court judge (retired) Justice Shamsuddin, during an interview with a leading TV channel, claimed that Balakrishnan was "approachable" when he (KGB) was the CJI.
Without taking anyone's name in particular, Shamsuddin said that a Bangalore based person in 2009 asked him (Shamsuddin) how to approach Balakrishnan's son and son-in-law in connection with a pending case in the Supreme Court. The person allegedly wanted to influence Balakrishnan's kin over the case.
Shamsuddin also urged the government to intensify the speed of investigation on the corruption charges against KGB. However, ruling out Shamsuddin's allegations against him, KGB argued, "What he (Shamsuddin) is saying is that somebody approached him to introduce my son-in-law or some relative. He must say who approached him. He must say in which case I favoured anybody in any case. Somebody came to him probably because of his dealings."
"There is no allegation against me. Somebody approached Shamsuddin so why should I resign?" asserted KGB. Despite KGB's denial, Shamsuddin's fresh allegations against the former CJI indeed raised a new controversy. The Left parties in Kerala, however, claimed that Justice Shamsuddin must back his claims and should reveal the name of the person who allegedly wanted approach Balakrishnan's family members.