20 October, 2020

"The File Could Not Be Kept Pending"

Union Law Minister M. Thambidurai spoke to K.S. Narayanan. Excerpts from the interview:

"The File Could Not Be Kept Pending"

Was it proper for the Union law minister to fax the message terminating the services of Justice C. Shivappa?
The fax is one of the latest methods of communication. There is nothing wrong in faxing the message. That message also did not give any signal to Justice Shivappa to relinquish his office. I have forwarded the message of the President of India to the chief justice of Madras High Court and also to Justice Shivappa, on the decision taken on the matter of his date of birth. It is a very important and sensitive matter. The file could not be kept pending.

A division bench of Chennai High Court consisting of Justice Shivappa and Justice Kanagaraj was hearing a petition against sand quarrying in your constituency, Karur. Did this influence you?
I have already denied these allegations. If I had held back the order, then people would have accused me of helping Shivappa as he was handling my case. If Shivappa leaves some other judge will take up the case. These allegations are baseless.

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