India Samvad Bureau
Controversial legal eagle Justice Markandey Katju has alleged that serving Chief Justice of India HL Dattu has several illegal properties. These properties are in the name of Justice Dattu’s wife. Justice Katju has also alleged that Times of India and other leading media organisation did not carry this story despite documents were provided to the concerned journalists.
In one of the most shocking revelation against the Chief Justice of India Dattu , it has been alleged that his wife has large number of plots near Banglore. Justice Katju has claimed that he has entire dossier on Chief Justice of India’s properties. In his blog as well as Facebook and other sites Justice Katju has said that in sale deed of the properties Justice Dattu’s wife Gayathri name has been mentioned. “However she has described her as daughter of Guravayoor(probably her father’s name), and not wife of Dattu. This is strange, since the plots were purchased long after her marriage. Was this done to concel these transactions?” Justice Katju questions.
Most of the plots were purchased in violation of the provisions of Karnataka Land Reforms Act, which state that a person having family income of Rs 2 lacs per year cannot buy land in rural area of Karnataka. At the time of purchase these plots were all technically in rural area, though in reality they had become part of Banglore as the city had expanded. Justice Dattu’s income at the time of purchase was over Rs 15 lacs per year(the approximate salary of High court Judges) so his wife illegally purchased these plots, alleges Justice Katju.
CJI Dattu has built a palatial house in Banglore, allegedly on 1200 sq.m land possibly that house itself would be worth Rs 50 crore or more.One plot of Land allotted Justice Dattu though it could not been allotted to him as High Court Judge is not an employee of the Court. The allotment was meant for High Court employees only. India Samvad would welcome to carry version of CJI HL Dattu against the allegations levelled by Justice Katju. . India Samvad tried to contact CJI to include his side of story but could not get any response.