SC allows Pul's wife to withdraw letter

Even as the Supreme Court Thursday allowed former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho's Pul's widow to withdraw her plea for registration of an FIR and investigation into a note purportedly written by her husband before he committed suicide on August 9 past year, the Centre has chose to adopt a "cautious wait-and-watch" attitude in the matter.

Dave also added that in case of contempt proceedings against Calcutta High Court's Justice CS Karnan, a seven-judge bench was set up, but in this case, which involves allegations against senior members of the judiciary, only a two-judge bench is hearing.

As the bench objected to Dave referring to the top court decision declining a probe into Birla-Sahara papers naming some top politicians as alleged recipients of the corporate money, Dave said, “The court should know what is troubling us”.

Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave, who appeared for Dangwimsai Pul, today expressed his dissatisfaction with the matter being posted on the judicial side.

The advocate, addressing the Bench in a crowded courtroom, then made a startling disclosure: "I can not say much, but a former judge of this court approached me on Monday in this matter".

As Dave insisted on withdrawing the letter addressed to Chief Justice Khehar on February 17, Justice Lalit pointed out “you ignited the matter” and Dave said “on the administrative side”. However, the letter had been turned into a writ petition.

However, the court could not go into the issue since the petitioner sought to withdraw it. We are surprised it has been listed on the judicial side."It is something that calls for an extraordinary independent investigation".

Kalikho Pul had left behind a 60-page signed suicide note in which he had alleged corruption in the highest level of judiciary, especially against "two senior most judges of the Supreme Court".

Kalikho Pul committed suicide previous year and left behind a suicide note naming many Congress politicians and "two senior most judges of the Supreme Court".

"Your Lordships should not hear this matter". Accordingly, the letter was listed for hearing as a writ petition. In her letter, Dangwimsai sought granting of permission for registration of an FIR on the basis of allegation of corruption made in the suicide note. There was a development on Monday evening. We will now approach the vice-president since the note has made allegations against the President's son as well, he also said. A former judge of the SC had met me on behalf of the CJI. You must recuse yourself, Dave said before withdrawing the letter.

The former CM's wife said that the she did not want the Supreme Court to begin hearing on her "plea".

  • Leroy Wright