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Lawyers begin signature campaign against KGB

Kochi: A collection of lawyers of the Kerala High court on Wednesday began a signature campiagn seeking resignation of former CJI Justice K G Balakrishnan as chairperson of the National Human Rights commission following allegations of amassment of wealth by his close family members.

The campaign is to mount pressure on the high court advocate lawyers association to move a resolution with the same plea and also seek a probe into the allegations. Until the probe was over, justice balakrishnan should step down, they said.

The lawyers are likely to submit the notice to the association tomorrow.

Yesterday, a meeting of association to discuss a resolution on corruption in higher Judiciary failed to take any decision as two sections of advocates demanded and opposed specific amendments seeking probe into the allegations.

The general body was called by the association to discuss the resolution to request a fact finding enquiry about the contents of letter submitted by former law minister Shanti Bhooshan alleging corruption in higher judiciary.

The meeting could not arrive at a consensus and suggested amendments to the resolution specifically demanding a probe into allegations against justice Balakrishna`s two sons in law– P V Sreenijan and Benny and younger brother K G Bhaskaran, who are alleged to have amassed properties worth crores in Ernakulam and Thrissur districts during the last 4-5 years.

But many members had objected to the amendments against justice Balakrishnan.

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