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‘I Don’t Want To Share My PAN Card Details’

Former CJI defends himself against charges that his relatives have acquired assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.

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Former CJI K.G. Balakrishnan spoke to Outlook to defend himself against charges that his relatives have acquired assets disproportionate to their known sources of income. Excerpts:

A complaint demanding a CBI probe and a PIL demanding a judicial inquiry is pending against you and your relatives. Is there a campaign against you?

Yes. This is a campaign to malign my image. 

The Supreme Court has asked for a status report on the investigations following the complaint.

I do not want to say anything more as the matter is subjudice.

Why did you refuse to share your income-tax returns after an RTI was filed in this regard?

Asset declaration was an information required to be made public. I declared my assets. The language I used in the reply is: “I would not like to share my personal details like PAN details etc.” These are my personal details. I don’t want to share them. I have nothing to hide.

Your son-in-law P.V. Srinijan also refused to disclose his income-tax returns. Shouldn’t he have done that?

He is a different individual. These questions should be asked to him. I have no idea about the reasons behind his refusal.

The PIL seeking a judicial probe levelled many allegations.

It is not appropriate to talk about these issues now. The matter is before the court.

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