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Judge passed orders in cases not his
BHADRA SINHA

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
[ FRIDAY, MAY 02, 2003 12:06:29 AM ]

NEW DELHI: Former Delhi high court judge Shameet Mukherjee passed orders in cases that were not being heard by him, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has alleged. While passing an order in the case of Azad Singh versus Delhi Development Authority, Mukherjee also passed an order with respect to four other cases filed to oppose the widening of Aruna Asaf Ali road.

 

‘‘Mukherjee wanted his judgement in one of the cases to be applied to all related pending cases. He also mentioned their suit numbers in his order,’’ a CBI officer said.

 

When DDA’s counsel in the high court Gita Mittal asked the authority to file an appeal before a division bench, she was removed. ‘‘At Mukherjee’s instance, the alleged middleman Dharambir Khattar spoke to property dealer Vinod Khatri who paid former vice-chairman Subhash Sharma to get Mittal removed,’’ the officer said.

 

‘‘We were surprised to get a note from chief legal adviser S K Tandon, transferring the case to Rakesh Munjal,’’ a DDA officer said.

 

According to a CBI officer, five cases were filed in the high court opposing the widening of Aruna Asaf Ali Road by the Public Works Department. While the cases were filed by different persons, the CBI alleges that they were fronts for property dealer Vinod Khatri.

 

In his order passed on February 17, 2003, Mukherjee allowed the petitioner’s permission to hold a sub-divisional magistrate’s inquiry. He dismissed the DDA’s request to widen the road by 45 metres and said it could be done only by 20 metres.

 

Mittal was removed immediately after she asked the DDA to file an appeal against this order. On February 20, in the order that was recovered from Khattar’s Jangpura office, the former judge had asked the SDM to hold a fair inquiry and not behave like a DDA’s officer.

‘‘We had opposed the inquiry because it was easy for the residents to ma nipulate the records,’’ the officer said.


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