NEW DELHI: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has given clearance for the removal of the Railway Claims Tribunal judge RK Mittal, who was found guilty of financial impropriety worth Rs 50 crore in January this year.
This came nine months after the Railway ministry wrote to the CJI’s office, as per the procedures, for the probe. According to a report published by The Financial Express in January, Justice (retired), K Kannan has sent a letter to the Railway Ministry recommending a probe by the CBI against the tribunal’s Patna bench member (judicial) R K Mittal.
The Railway Board contended that a sitting judge of a tribunal could not be suspended without the CJI’S approval. The file was then sent to CJI’s office.
In May, the Chief Justice of India appointed senior Supreme Court judge, Justice Uday U Lalit, to probe the alleged scam worth Rs 50 crore.
The probe found that Mittal had awarded compensation claims amounting to at least Rs. 50 crore to fictitious victims and to the same claimants for the same accidents several times with several lawyers also pocketing the money.
This is the first time that a sitting RCT judge is facing suspension over corruption charges.