Ex-CJI does U-turn on I-T returns

Petitioner to move the CIC against Balakrishnan

Ex-CJI does U-turn on I-T returns

He has made this request in an affidavit submitted to the Income Tax Tribunal, sources said.
The retired chief justice, who has been in the eye of a storm over the enormous assets acquired by his close relatives during his tenure as CJI, has claimed that there is no public interest in a petition seeking details of his assets.

Though he said the I-T department could verify information about his I-T returns, he was against parting with such information to a private party. This information was conveyed under the RTI Act to Kochi-based information activist T Balachandran who had sought information regarding Justice Balakrishnan’s assets.

The petitioner has said he would move the Central Information Commission (CIC) against Balakrishnan’s stand.

The former CJI had initially opposed making public information about his assets saying his PAN and other details might be misused. However, earlier this month he had agreed to publicise all information regarding his assets.

Disproportionate wealth

The former CJI has faced allegations that his relatives, including his two sons-in-law as well as brother had amassed wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income while he was CJI. There has been clamour for removing Balakrishnan as chairman of NHRC following the revelations.

According to the information furnished earlier by Balakrishnan in the Supreme Court website, he had a house on a plot of 15 cents, a residential flat, 2.2 cents, a two bedroom flat costing Rs 5.75 lakh and 15.840 cents in Kochi costing Rs 4.33 lakh, vacant residential plot in Faridabad costing Rs 4.50 lakh, 62.25 cents of land in Njeezhoor, Kaduthuruthy village, Kottayam district costing Rs 3.5 lakh and a 2000 model Santro car.

He said he did not have any bank account except his salary saving account and he did not own shares of any company.

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