Kalhiko Pul suicide: The high voltage argument in the Supreme Court
There was high drama in the court hall of the Supreme Court presided by Justices A K Goel and U U Lalit which was hearing the Kalhiko Pul case. The 60-page suicide note written by Pul, former chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh, made some sensational disclosures.
Pul's wife, Dangwimsai had written to the Chief Justice of India seeking a CBI probe. A bench was constituted to hear the matter. However her counsel Dushyant Dave made some sensational allegations in the court following which they withdrew the petition. Dave said that since the note makes allegations against the judiciary, it cannot be heard by the SC.
Dave said in court that the note states that a former judge had approached Pul on behalf of the CJI, J S Khehar. He asked why the letter written by Dangwimsai had been converted into a writ petition.
He then went on to cite a Supreme Court judgment which said the SC and HC judges could be probed for corruption with prior permission from the CJI. "If the CJI himself is the person against allegations are made, then the government shall consult any judge of the SC," he said.
Dave sought to know why the letter was converted into a writ petition. The CJI was expected to take a decision on the administrative side. Dave questioned if the CJI is precluded from taking a decision on the letter as the allegations in the suicide note concerned the CJI's son?
"There was a development on Monday," Dave said. "A former judge of the SC had met me on behalf of the CJI. I do not want say anymore and I beg your lordships to stay away from the case," Dave also said.
Dave sought to know why this matter was assigned to the junior judge and not to the number three or four. When Justice Goel went ahead to hear the matter, Dave reminded him that he was a colleague of the CJI in Punjab and Haryana. "You must recuse yourself," Dave said before withdrawing the letter. "We will now approach the vice-president since the note has made allegations against the President's son as well," he said.