CJI orders hearing of plea by Dangwimsai Pul’s wife

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New Delhi | February 23, 2017 3:50 AM

Chief Justice of India J S Khehar has ordered grant of an open court hearing to Dangwimsai Pul, the first wife of former Arunachal Pradesh CM Kalikho Pul, who has demanded registration of an FIR and investigation into a note attributed to her...

The development comes a day after The Indian Express first reported that the CJI, on the administrative side, passed an order late on Tuesday on Dangwimsai’s letter, apprising her of the decision.

Chief Justice of India J S Khehar has ordered grant of an open court hearing to Dangwimsai Pul, the first wife of former Arunachal Pradesh CM Kalikho Pul, who has demanded registration of an FIR and investigation into a note attributed to her husband who allegedly committed suicide on August 9 last year. The Supreme Court registry informed Dangwimsai about the hearing on Wednesday evening and sought her appearance in court. She was also told that her letter had been converted into a criminal writ petition and would come up for hearing before a bench of Justices Adarsh K Goel and Uday U Lalit on Thursday.

The development comes a day after The Indian Express first reported that the CJI, on the administrative side, passed an order late on Tuesday on Dangwimsai’s letter, apprising her of the decision. “I received a call from the registrar general of the court, asking me to appear in court tomorrow. I was told by the official that the matter will be listed through the supplementary list and that I should reach the court in the morning,” Dangwimsai said.

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She said she would show up in court on Thursday and would, in the meantime, seek legal advice. 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.

Dangwimsai made the note public recently in New Delhi and also released her letter addressed to the CJI, seeking an FIR into the accusations. Her letter underlined that prior permission from the CJI was imperative before registration of the FIR against members of the higher judiciary.

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