Court’s decision to issue contempt notice part of ‘pre-arranged drama’: Justice Katju

The bench had issued the notice to Katju for writing blogs that the court called “an assault on the judges”.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:November 12, 2016 11:20 am
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After the Supreme Court Friday issued suo motu contempt notice to its former judge Markandey Katju, the latter launched a personal attack on the bench in a series of tweets calling the decision the result of a “pre-arranged drama”.

Slamming the bench’s decision to issue him a contempt notice, Katju wrote, “In India too, this rule of judicial ‘omerta’ applies. I have been speaking against judicial corruption at the higher levels for long. For long I have been speaking out against the misdeeds of Dattu, Thakur, Anil Dave, and their ilk. As a result I have been ostracised.”

Alleging that the bench, comprising of Justices Ranjan Gogoi, P C Pant and Uday U Lalit, was playing out a “shameless”, pre-orchestrated “drama” in court, Katju wrote, “My guess about the event yesterday is that a ‘surgical strike’ was pre planned by Thakur, Dave etc. in cahoots with Gogoi to humiliate me and issue a contempt of court notice to me in order to silence me, & also give a warning to others not to speak out abt d misdeeds of judges.”

The bench had issued the notice to Katju for writing blogs that the court called “an assault on the judges”, a first in the country’s judicial history, after he critisized the September 15 judgment that had set aside the death penalty for the convict in Kerala’s Soumya rape-cum-murder case.

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    Vijay kumar
    Nov 12, 2016 at 4:14 pm
    Now in free India no one is above the Law and Consution of India. Even all the Judges are now working as a Public Servant, they are not the nominee and/or working at the pleasure of the Queen like in British India, though they are holding a consutional post like President of India, Prime Minister of India etc. etc. They can't interpreat themself to be a white अँगरेज़ and above the President and PM in free India. Thus, a fare critisim even of a seating Judge can't be equated Contempt of Court in any manner , because it is not an insult of an Holy Dias of the Court. Both Bench and the Bar are expected to respect the Holy Dias.( A seating Judge is not a Holy person) .Both at par are liable to be treated as contemner, if they do not behave decently in the Court. Any personal defamation of a seating Judge can't be termed as Contempt of;br/gt;Justice Katjoo is at right stand.
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      Atul Bhardwaj
      Nov 12, 2016 at 6:24 am
      Always had an uneasy feeling about CJ and his selected outbursts.He has lowered the dignity of SC and has brought disrepute to the judicial system.He needs to be investigated and propriety demands,he resigns forthwith.As of today it is a kangaroo court forwarding the agenda of teesta,Sibal,anti-national,who are willing to pay their senior advocate a price and seek order as per their wish.
      1. G
        Nov 12, 2016 at 1:08 pm
        Shocking that this man was ever a Judge, in any judicial forum,leave alone the Supreme Court of India.. He completely lacks a judicial temperament. His place is on the streets as a "goonda sufferring from verbal dysentry". Of his own admission he said he could be a "goonda from All........."
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          Hemant Christopher
          Nov 12, 2016 at 6:05 am
          issue a contempt of court notice to me in order to silence me, and also give a warning to others not to speak out abt d misdeeds of judges....agree!
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            ASHOK KUMAR
            Nov 12, 2016 at 10:28 am
            Katju should be immediately shifted to mental asylum, as he is behaving like Kejriwal.
            1. P
              Nov 12, 2016 at 6:51 am
              Mockery of democracy and this SC is one of the worst with its ridiculous decisions and totally corrupt.
              1. A
                Nov 12, 2016 at 7:19 am
                Let us bring back NJAC _ II.
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                  Murthy Suppusamy
                  Nov 12, 2016 at 3:31 pm
                  USA supreme court do not allow video recording of sessions and hearings. However, they record audio of all sessions and hearings and they are released to public at the end of each week. How about India's Supreme Court?
                  1. N
                    Nov 12, 2016 at 7:24 am
                    SC must explain why they invited Katju to join in the discussions about the case and then turned the tables on him denouncing his blogs. The SC would have read his blogs long ago and should have issued contempt at that time. IT is looking as if our learned Justices tried to set a trap for Katju to get him to the;br/gt;Katju could be wrong in his arguments, but why can' the SC disprove his contentions via logic ?
                    1. R
                      Nov 12, 2016 at 6:24 am
                      Justice Katju (Retd.) may get into deeper trouble if he continues his diatribe against the apex court. My good sense prevail on him.
                      1. R
                        Nov 12, 2016 at 9:26 am
                        How this mad man got the position of a Judge . Definitely may be with corrupt money reservation or may be some relative provided him this job. He is definitely most dumb, stupide and ic man in the judiciary history
                        1. S
                          Nov 12, 2016 at 10:18 am
                          I agree. Once they called him they should have heard him with an open mind and not make it personal. I agree with Katju that judgement was wrong.
                          1. V
                            Nov 12, 2016 at 7:37 am
                            This guy is a crack. He is another Kejriwal, who wants to be in limelight by saying all sorts of atrocious things.
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