Kerala Advocate General C P Sudakara Prasad Sunday took exception to the meeting ADGP B Sandhya had with former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju at a time the apex court is considering the state’s review petition in the Soumya murder case.
Sandhya, who had probed the case, had met Kajtu in Delhi last Monday, the day the SC summoned the former judge for insinuating that the court had erred by not imposing death penalty on the convict in the rape and murder case. Kerala wanted the death penalty imposed on the convict, Govindachamy.
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Prasad told the media that Sandhya had met Katju without the consent of the government. The Attorney General is appearing for Kerala in the review petition. While claiming that it was “unnecessary” to meet the retired judge, Prasad added that while considering the case, the court would not weigh on who had met whom but look only into the merit of the case.
Sandhya had met Katju at his residence along with K Raveendra Babu, who had been the judge at the trial court in Thrissur, which sentenced the accused to capital punishment.
At the same time, Sandhya said she had a personal meeting with Katju and that the Soumya murder case was not discussed during the meeting. Meanwhile, Katju said he would appear in the SC on November 11 when the court considers the review petition.