NEW DELHI: The Centre told the apex court on Monday that it is probing into the allegations that former Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan and his relatives had acquired assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.
Attorney General Goolam Vahanvati gave a status report to the Bench in a sealed cover.
A Bench comprising Chief Justice S H Kapadia and Justice Swatanter Kumar heard Vahanvati, who also said that the Income Tax Department is also probing and assessing the properties of Justice Balakrishnan’s two sons-in-law and his brother.
The Bench asked the Attorney General to tell it as to what further action it intended to take into the allegations against the former Chief Justice of India.
The Bench said that it was giving the government three weeks time to inform it of the action the Union of
India intended to take in future.
The Bench was hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by civil society Common Cause, which stated that former Chief Justice and his relatives had amassed huge wealth.
The Public Interest Litigation urged the Supreme Court to issue a direction to the Union government to take appropriate action against Justice Balakrishnan, who is presently the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).