The Chief Justice of India has given the go-ahead to the Central Bureau of Investigation to go into purchase of two houses in Chennai my Justice V K Tahilramani who resigned as Chief Justice of the Madras High Court after her transfer to Madras High Court, the Times of India has reported.
The agency will also go into her decision to dissolve a special bench to deal with idol theft cases. The agency probe whether Justice Tahilramani has declared the two houses she has bought in Chennai after she decided to settle down in the city after her resignation.
The CJI’s clearance came immediately after she told a farewell party hosted by the Tamil Nadu Bar Association last week that she had bought two houses as she had always liked Chennai.
The two houses cost nearly Rs 5 crore were bought at suburban Semmancheri by her and her husband Kalamesh for which they reportedly got a loan from the HDFC Bank. They paid an initial payment of Rs 1.5 crore from their savings, reports say.
Tahilranmanis decided to buy the house after Justice Tahilramani wrote to the Government, upon her resignation, that she did not want any accommodation from either the Mahrastra government, her home State, or Tamil Nadu.
Tahilramani took over as the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court on August 12 last year. While in the Bombay High Court in May 2017, she had upheld the convictions in the Bilkis Bano gang rape case. She was due to retire on Oct 2, 2020.