Contempt Proceedings: Markandey Katju offers apology to SC

On November 11, the court had issued suo motu contempt notice to its former judge — a first in the country’s judicial history — over writing blogs, which had comments on the judges.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: December 10, 2016 1:15 am


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Former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju has offered an apology in the apex court to wriggle out of the criminal contempt proceedings initiated against him for writing blogs that the court had called “an attack on the judges”.

Appearing for Justice Katju, senior lawyer Rajeev Dhawan mentioned the matter before a bench led by Justice Ranjan Gogoi and sought an early hearing of his application. Dhawan told the bench that he has already filed an application, which has reportedly sought an exemption from personal appearance for the former judge. Besides, it has been learnt that Justice Katju has offered an apology.

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Dhawan requested for listing the application next week, before the court breaks for a winter vacation. Justice Gogoi said he would look into the request. At present, the matter has been fixed for first week in January.

On November 11, the court had issued suo motu contempt notice to its former judge — a first in the country’s judicial history — over writing blogs, which had comments on the judges. Justice Katju was a Supreme Court judge between 2006 and 2011.

“Prima facie, the statements made seem to be an attack on the Judges and not on the judgment. We, therefore, issue notice of contempt to show cause why contempt proceedings should not be drawn up against Justice Markandey Katju and he be appropriately dealt with,” stated the court order.

Justice Katju was issued a notice by the court in October over blogs in which he was critical of the September 15 judgment that had set aside the death penalty for the convict in Kerala’s Soumya rape-murder case.

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    amitava ghosh
    Dec 10, 2016 at 4:33 pm
    Mr.katju thinks he is the most intelligent man on earth.For this he sided with bcci and had the audacity to insult the great Netaji S.C.Bose.Its great news that the apex court has taken him to task.Hope he receives punishment.
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      Dr.Kylasanatha Pillay
      Dec 9, 2016 at 11:29 pm
      Better late than never;better sense prevails on Katju(Retd.J)now.This is common sense which he said the judges lacked.The Justices whom Katju tried to trivalise on the face of the court had abundant common sense-common sense in an uncommon degree called wisdom-and hence dealt with Katju in the way it truly demanded to be done.The Justices of the Supreme Court who had mulcted Katju with contempt of court proceedings were in fact upholding the dignity of Indian Judiciary which Katju by his contumacious conduct tried to tarnish.Katju(Retd.J)is a knowledgeable person,no doubt.But knowledge should not be allowed to be "ill inhabited"as Shakespeare said in 'Hamlet'.Supreme Court is ever vigilant to guard the stream of justice from being polluted by the wastes emanated from within and without. The bench led by Justice Gogoi did this duty impeccably to make others feel that Supreme Court is;br/gt;Jai Hind
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        haridas p
        Dec 10, 2016 at 6:28 am
        Iam happy Katju's bravdo has come to such a happy end...I seriously doubt whether he would have tolerated such comments had he been a serving judge...Katju is at best a retired judge nothing more nor less.
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          Dec 10, 2016 at 2:59 am
          One day or the other Katju had to eat a humble pie. I wonder he ever deserved to be a Judge of Hon'le Supreme Court!. Issuing provoking and irresponsible statements even on sensitive issue, has become his hobby. Apparently, he takes pride to be present in awkward situations.