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.