Yesterday <a href=http://justicekatju.blogspot.in>in a blog post,</a> former Supreme Court justice Markandey Katju had written about how an additional Judge of the Madras High Court was given an extension thanks to political pressure, even though the judge in question was corrupt and there was an adverse IB report in his name. Justice Katju said that while the then Chief Justice of India RC Lahoti had initially called for an inquiry on the judge, he later gave into political pressure from the UPA and extended the term of that judge. According to Justice Katju, the judge was close to a political party that was an ally of UPA and when there were reports that the judge would be removed, the ally had threatened then PM Manmohan Singh that they would withdraw support from the UPA government, leading the panicked premier to ensure that his job would be safeguarded. In an interview to <em><a href=http://ibnlive.in.com/videos/487421/hr-bharadwaj-justice-ashoks-appointment-was-strictly-according-to-procedure.html>CNN-IBN</a></em>, former Law Minister HK Bhardwaj agreed that there was pressure from UPA's key ally, but asserted that the government did not give in to it, and had strictlyfollowed procedure in granting an one-year extension to Justice Ashok Kumar. He told the channel, The procedure was followed strictly. In the first hand, CJI had agreed with Justice Katju's recommendation that the judge should not be made a permanent judge. But on the representation of DMK, and about 18 members of parliament of scheduled caste and backward class, this case was referred back to CJI, who agreed to extend his tenure pending inquiry. There was no favour, CJI of Madras did not favour him that is why he was not made permanent. In the inquiry it was found that he was close to political parties, later on he was transferred out.