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Justice Phukan lashes back at PM

October 07, 2004 19:38 IST

Justice S N Phukan, who headed the now disbanded Tehelka Commission, on Thursday joined issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his statement that the commission "has not been able to produce a report in three years".

He also said the probe was at a very advanced stage and would have completed its job within six months had the new government's counsel cooperated.

"I have been heading the commission for the last one-and-half years and not three years. In February this year, I had submitted to the Prime Minister the commission's report on the probe into 15 defence deals that were referred to it. How can anyone say that the commission has not given any report," he said.

The Prime Minister, who made the statement at a press conference in Mumbai on Wednesday, appeared not to have been briefed properly by officials, he said.

Justice Phukan also accused the UPA government's counsel of not cooperating with the commission and said that the new counsels appointed by the Centre had sought repeated adjournments. "We were at a very advanced stage in the inquiry proceedings. Unfortunately, the counsel appointed by the new government, who sought adjournments one after another for three months," the retired Supreme Court judge said.

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Sub: One-man Commissions or proper investigations...

It has been the norm in India to appoint retired Supreme Court or High Court Judges as one-man commission either for some inquiry or a ...

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What? Now justice needs cooperation of the counsels rather than proof. And one and half year is that not enough for him to give the ...

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This nails the lie that Dr Singh is any different to all his predecessors. On the other interpretation that Dr Singh has been badly advised ...

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I have to congratulate Prime Minister for such a bold step sending perhaps an healthy signal to Judiciary a) that no more judicial proceedings can ...

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