Chief Justice of India ‘rules’ on allegations of corruption involving SC judges


Chief Justice of India, Justice Khehar, has reportedly ruled on the plea on a letter addressed to him by the wife of former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul.

In her letter, Dangwimsai Pul, the first wife of Kalikho Pul, had sought the registration of FIR against Supreme Court judges, who had allegedly attempted to blackmail the deceased former chief minister.

A report by Indian Express said that Judtice Kheher had passed an order on Tuesday night in favour of lodging of an FIR.

In the 60-page suicide note left behind Pul, the former chief minister, who committed suicide on 9 August, had alleged that relatives of two judges had, via some individuals, wanted money from Pul in exchange for ensuring that President’s rule in Arunachal would not be declared illegal.

People whose names figure in his note also include former and serving Supreme Court judges, senior law officers, politicians and other persons holding high office.

(Read full suicide note here)

Meanwhile, the family members of Kalikho Pul on Tuesday expressed concern over the “misuse” of the 60 page note ‘Mere Vichar’, penned by the former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister days before his suicide, for vested interest.

Five relatives of Pul in an appeal said, “It is very unfortunate and distressing for the family that the note is being used by some individuals for vested political interest.” “We strongly oppose any misuse of the note for political purpose as it is a very emotional issue concerning the whole family and we believe that no person or individual has the right to exploit or play with their emotions,” they said. “The entire family is struggling hard to come to terms with the loss of a dear and senior member of the family and we are still living in immense mental and psychological trauma,” the family said.

Pul had committed suicide on 9 August last year at his official residence.

“Gradually, we have been learning to move ahead by coming to terms with the sorrow, pain and grief but the latest development has yet again jolted, shaken and disturbed the whole family,” the appeal said.

“Since the issue is emotive, sentimental and soulful for the family, it should not be used for vested political purpose,” the family said.

The members comprised Pul’s brother Bajaj Pul, nephews Muhilum Pul, Batong Pul, Ahoso Pul and Goneso Pul. Welcoming the state government’s decision to refer the case to the Union Home Ministry for probe by any agency as deemed fit, the members said the family wants a “free and impartial investigation into the whole matter”.

“We hope that since the matter has been referred to the Home Ministry, everything will come out in the open in the days to come,” they said.

Appealing to people to maintain calm, they said as the matter is sub judice and under investigation, drawing any conclusion at this juncture would be premature and inappropriate. The members also appealed to the state government to immediately provide security to Dangwimsai Pul, the first wife of the former chief minister, as according to media reports, she has been receiving threat calls.

The family members condemned a committee constituted under the nomenclature ‘Mere Vichar Andolon Committee’ which had been asking for donations from the public to continue their agitation. The committee has been demanding CBI inquiry into the contents of the note. “We request the people not to donate any amount to the committee which we believe will be an insult to the departed soul,” they said in the appeal.

The contents of the note were made public by a news portal on February 8. The note which was found near Pul’s body by the police mentions several “deliberate irregularities” by the state leaders and Supreme Court judges over the years.