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Raja denies calling up HC judge

Raja denies calling up HC judge

Author: KS Narayanan
Publication: The New Indian Express
Date: July 2, 2009
URL: http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Raja+denies+calling+up+HC+judge&artid=fe6pa7AuCkQ=&SectionID=b7ziAYMenjw=&MainSectionID=b7ziAYMenjw=&

Union Communications Minister Andimuthu Raja on Wednesday denied calling up Justice R Regupathi of the Madras High Court in an attempt to influence him in the forged mark-sheet case.

The New Indian Express had faxed a letter seeking his response to rumours that he had made the controversial call to Justice R Reghupati in connection with the case involving asking him to pass orders in favour of a doctor-son duo. The case relates to anticipatory bail sought for C Krishnamurthy and his son Kiruba Sridhar, a third-year MBBS student.

The CBI registered cases against them for trying to get Sridhar's marks inflated.

Raja's aide called back to inform that the minister had denied the reports. Quoting Raja, aide Shaji Kumar said he was not involved in calling Justice R Regupathi. "He has already denied it," Kumar told Express.

Meanwhile, in Tamil Nadu Assembly all opposition parties - AIADMK, CPI, CPM and PMK - on Wednesday demanded that the name of the Union Minister who had attempted to influence the Justice Regupathy of Madras High Court judge should be revealed.

However, Law Minister Durai Murugan said that the government could give its view on the allegation only if the concerned judge reveals the name of the Union Minister involved in the issue.

When PMK member Meganathan mentioned the name of a Union Minister in this connection, DMK members strongly objected to it.

Deputy Speaker V P Duraisamy expunged the remark saying that it was improper to level charge against a person who was not present in the House. Further, the judge himself had not revealed the name of the minister, he pointed out.

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