Whether Raja supported anticipatory bail for culptits?
V Jayaraman, data entry operator in Pondicherry University, who complained about a marksheet scam, found murdered. About 300 marksheets of engineering & medical students allegedly altered by varsity staff
Student Kripa Sridhar and his doctor-father C Krishnamurthy named among accused by CBI in marksheet scam. They go absconding, file anticipatory bail plea in Madras HC
RK Chandramohen, chairman of Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, meets Justice R Regupathi in his chambers and says then Union minister A Raja wants favourable order for the father-son duo as they were ‘family friends’. Lawyer gives mobile phone to judge saying Raja is on the line, wants to speak. Judge refuses to take the call
Chandramohen has argument with Justice Regupathi in court after the latter says he is not inclined to grant anticipatory bail. Furious judge says in open court that Chandramohen had approached him on behalf of a union minister. Judge threatens to take up the matter with President, Prime Minister
Justice Regupathi writes to then Madras HC Chief Justice H L Gokhale, narrating the entire incident. The letter mentions Raja’s name. Then CJI K G Balakrishnan tells TOI that in Regupathi’s letter there is no mention of a minister speaking to the judge
A week after the controversy, a HC bench orders a CBI probe into the murder of Jayaraman, who exposed the marksheet scam
Advocate G Rajendran, citing media reports, files a writ petition seeking direction to Bar Council to take action against Chandramohen and to allow access to the letter written by Justice Regupathi. Petition sent to a division bench on August 27, 2009
Nearly 18 months after a sitting judge of the Madras high court stunned the nation by revealing that a Union minister tried to contact him through the chairman of the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu (BCT) for a favourable order, a division bench has now stripped the chairman of his post and made it known that the minister involved was A Raja.
Lambasting bar council chief R K Chandramohen on Tuesday [7-12-2010], a division bench, comprising Justices F M Ibrahim Kalifulla and M M Sundresh, said he should be suspended from the post immediately and the Bar Council of India should initiate disciplinary action against him.
Former Minister Raja said on [7-12-2010] Tuesday that the allegations were “a bit worrying”, but he was confident of being able to prove that he was not guilty of any wrongdoing.