Justice Dinakaran Wants to Withdraw Resignation

New Delhi
Justice Dinakaran Wants to Withdraw Resignation
Justice P D Dinakaran, who resigned as Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court barely a fortnight ago facing impeachment, wants to withdraw his resignation.

Justice Dinakaran has written a letter to President Pratibha Patil in which he has expressed his desire to take back his resignation.

The letter is being processed by the Department of Justice in the Law Ministry, sources in the government said today.

The controversial judge, who was earlier Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court, quit after he faced impeachment on charges of corruption and judicial misconduct.

However, it may not be easy for the judge to get back his job.

Officials pointed out that in Presidential appointments, once the resignation is sent it is accepted automatically and according to some judicial pronouncements and past precedents, it cannot be withdrawn.

Judges of High Courts and the Supreme Court are appointed by the President.

Soon after his resignation, Justice Sonam Phintso Wangdi was appointed as the acting Chief Justice of the Sikkim High Court.

Justice Dinakaran had resigned on July 29, a day ahead of the hearing of the three-member inquiry committee appointed by the Rajya Sabha Chairman to probe charges of land grabbing and acquiring of assets disproportionate to his known income.

Justice Dinakaran had failed to get any relief from the Supreme Court after various attempts to stymie the committee proceedings did not succeed.
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