Balakrishnan: Govt says no to plea for presidential reference

The Centre has turned down an NGO's plea for a presidential reference for removal of National Human Rights Commission chairperson K G Balakrishnan over allegations of misconduct during his tenure as Chief Justice of India.

The government said presidential reference against him cannot be recommended for his "alleged instances of misbehaviour" during his stint in the apex court. "His conduct as CJI does not appear to be a relevant ground for making a presidential reference," the Centre has told NGO, Common Cause, which had alleged that the former CJI and his relatives amassed wealth far exceeding their legal income during Balakrishnan's tenure as an apex court judge, a charge rubbished by him.

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