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Raja tried to influence judge: Jaya
N Ravikumar
Tribune News Service

Chennai, July 2
AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa yesterday said that the Union Minister who tried to influence Madras High Court judge R Reghupathy in favour of a forgery accused was A Raja, belonging to the DMK and said the minister deserved to be sacked from his post.

Alleging that the doctor accused of forging the medical examination mark sheets of his son was a benami of Raja, the former Chief Minister said "it does not require any super-human intelligence to conclude that it was none other than the telecom scam-tainted Raja".

The forgery accused Dr Krishnamurthy hailed from Perambalur, the native district of Raja, and the minister had his law office in a building owned by Krishnamurthy, she said.

"In January, 2007, Krishnamurthy, at the behest of Raja, who had by then become Union Minister for Environment, had promoted Kovai Shelters Promotors India Pvt. Ltd, a real estate company with its main office in Coimbatore. Raja made investments in the company through his nephew R. Sridhar and nieces R. Anandabhuvaneswari and R. Santhanalakshmi, each with 15 per cent stakes in the firm", she charged.

Later, in a blatant instance of nepotism, Raja also had his nephew Sridhar inducted into the Ministry of Environment as a deputy director. Significantly, Sridhar did not disclose to the department the fact that he was holding stakes and directorship in a private concern at the time of his appointment, the opposition leader alleged.

As Raja’s financial position improved in the wake of the infamous telecom scam, so did the fortunes of C. Krishnamurthy and his wife Selvakumari. Their business empire today included finance companies and petrol bunks in Coimbatore, more than 200 acres of land in Perambalur and lucrative sand and granite quarrying contracts, in addition to holdings and business interests in Mumbai, all acquired in recent years, she said..

"It is this Krishnamurthy, along with his son Kirubha Sridhar, who stands accused before the Madras High Court in a CBI case relating to forgery of medical examination marks list. And it is in this case that Justice Raghupathy has alleged that a Union Minister had tried to influence his better judgement", Jayalalithaa said.

This was the first time in India that a sitting High Court Judge was accusing a Union Minister of threatening him. Such a minister deserved to be sacked from the Union cabinet, she said.

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