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SC favors I-T probe into former CJI’s alleged disproportionate asset case

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave a green signal to an I-T probe against former Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan’s family members as they have been indicted of amassing properties that refute their registered sources of income.

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The bench whitch looked into the aforementioned case include Justices Dipak Mishra and Prafulla C Pant. The bench asked the Income Tax department to conduct a thorough inquiry into their(the Chief Justice’s family) sources of income and seek assistance from the attorney general in order to cater to the PIL against the perpetrators that is the former CJI( Chief Justice of India), his daughter, son-in-law and brother for amassing assets disproportionate to the registered income during his tenure in the office.

“Judges Protection Act may apply to some aspects but the I-T authorities can proceed against them. It is the duty of the I-T department to find out the sources of income. It has not been done,” the bench said, as quoted in a leading daily.

The PIL has been filed by an NGO Common Cause. the PIL alleges that a lump sum amount of money was amassed by the family members of the former CJI during his tenure in the apex court. The petition was filed in 2013.
“This amassing of wealth beyond their known sources by the kin of Justice Balakrishnan during his tenure as judge/ Chief Justice of the Supreme Court clearly indicates that this wealth was given to these people as illegal gratification to him,” alleged advocate Prashant Bhushan before the bench. He also added that 21 properties were bought by the family members of Justice Balakrishnan through tainted means.

Bhushan also referred to media reports quoting director general of I–T (investigation) who said three of Justice Balakrishnan’s kin were found in possession of “black money”, as stated in a Times of India report.

The case will be heard on November 17.

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For the 2018 index, 180 countries were surveyed. Denmark and New Zealand topped the list while Somalia, Syria, and South Sudan were at the bottom.

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A global anti-corruption watchdog says the United States has dropped four spots in its list of nations’ anti-corruption efforts and is now no longer listed in the top 20 for the first time.

Acting U.S. Representative at Transparency International, Zoe Reiter, calls a four point drop in the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) a “red flag.”

She says it comes at a time when the U.S. is experiencing “threats to its system of checks and balances” and an “erosion of ethical norms at the highest levels of power.”

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“If this trend continues, it would indicate a serious corruption problem in a country that has taken a lead on the issue globally,” Reiter says.

The United States scored a 71 in the perceptions index after scoring 75 the previous year.

“The expert opinion captured by the CPI supports the deep concern over corruption in government reported by America in our 2017 survey. Both experts and the public believe the situation is getting worse,” Reiter said.

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Transparency International uses several criteria for measuring how well a country is fighting corruption, including checks and balances on political power, controls on conflicts of interest and private influence on government, and voter suppression.

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For the 2018 index, 180 countries were surveyed. Denmark and New Zealand topped the list while Somalia, Syria, and South Sudan were at the bottom. (VOA)