Even as the Supreme Court observed Thursday that the issue concerned the judiciary, Dangwimsai Pul, the first wife of former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul, withdrew her plea that had demanded registration of an FIR and investigation into a note attributed to her husband who allegedly committed suicide on August 9 last year. Questioning Chief Justice of India J S Khehar’s order to convert her letter into a petition and also the bench before which it came up for hearing, Dangwimsai’s lawyer Dushyant Dave said that she did not want a judicial order on her plea and that she would withdraw in case the judges wanted to adjudicate her contentions based on Pul’s note.
In a 60-page note in Hindi, Pul purportedly wrote about his commitment to probity and alleged corruption by a range of public figures. His allegations named former and serving SC judges, senior law officers, politicians and other persons holding high office. One of the charges made in the note was that relatives of two judges had, via some individuals, indicated that they wanted money from Pul in exchange for ensuring that President’s rule in Arunachal would not be declared illegal.
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Dangwimsai released her letter addressed to the CJI and sought an FIR into the accusations and an independent probe. Her letter underlined that prior permission from the CJI or other senior judges was imperative before registration of the FIR and launching an investigation against members of the higher judiciary.
“This petition is listed under the orders of the CJI. In view of the fact that allegations are against number of political persons and even the President, the matter was considered to be of public interest. However, the court could not go into the issue since the petitioner sought to withdraw it. Hence, the petition is dismissed as withdrawn,” stated the final order of the court.