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Soumya rape, murder case: SC issues contempt notice to Markandey Katju over his blogs

High drama took place inside the court room where Katju told the apex court he wasn't afraid of the judges and that they should learn to be modest.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 11, 2016 7:25 pm
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The Supreme Court on Friday issued contempt notice to former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju over his blogs criticising “the judges and not judgment” in Soumya rape and murder case. The top court dismissed the review petition against the verdict junking the death penalty for convict in Soumya’s murder case. High drama took place inside the court room where Katju told the apex court he wasn’t afraid of the judges and that they should learn to be modest. Due to his behaviour, Justice R Gogoi, asked security to remove Katju from the courtroom after he criticised the judge for “threatening”.


Earlier, last month, the Supreme Court had asked its former judge Markandey Katju to show up on November 11 and justify his blog, which had described the court judgment as legally flawed in setting aside the death penalty of the convict in Kerala’s Soumya rape and murder case.

A bench led by Justice Ranjan Gogoi converted Katju’s blog into a suo motu review petition and said, “We issue notice to Justice Markandey Katju, former judge of this Court and request him to appear in Court inperson and participate in the proceedings on 11th November, 2016 at 2.00 p.m. as to whether the judgment and order dated 15th September, 2016 passed by this bench suffers from any fundamental flaw so as to require exercise of the review jurisdiction.”

Katju, in his Facebook post on September 16, had criticised the judgment, saying it needed to be reviewed in open court since it was “regrettable that the court has not read Section 300 carefully.” Section 300 of the IPC defines murder.

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    Sudeep Sharma
    Nov 11, 2016 at 11:56 am
    It is now very widely recognized that SCI is the legal arm of the SUPREMELY CORRUPT(SC) OF INDIA.
    1. R
      Nov 11, 2016 at 12:48 pm
      This is shame in so called democracy .. Where is freedom of expression ??? Why you did not jailed Karnataka cm for contempt of court ??? Sc is Turing fascist in this country and running a parallel govt...
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        bala Raja
        Nov 11, 2016 at 2:21 pm
        This is most bizarre. First, the SC taking a blog seriously as an affront to "judges and not judgement". So what if judges are criticized? Politicians and bureaucrats are relentlessly criticized. What's special about judges? The SC should first understand that they ARE subject to most brutal criticism in a democracy. The judges are so used being called "your lordships" they seem to believe that they are Lords! (BTW, why are they still being called "lordships" rather than "your honor" or just "judge"). Second, calling Katju to the court to argue is completely inexplicable. Is this the way to run the highest court? Do you call every critic to the court and ask him/her to argue? Finally, the broadly defined contempt law is being abused by SC. The SC should grow a thicker skin and understand that after all, the judges are public servants subject to criticism. If the criticism crosses to defamation, then sue the critic under defamation. Don't keep invoking contempt for these things, while sitting quietly on actual contempt like Karnataka not abiding by the SC judgement.
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          Chandan Bhowmick
          Nov 11, 2016 at 3:18 pm
          Please go through TIMES OF INDIA for complete report about the misbehaviour by KATJU to Justice GOGOi which not being published by Indian express
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            Nampurath Krishna
            Nov 11, 2016 at 4:14 pm
            Katju has age related problems - he called names on hi and Subhas Bose also. Doesn't evidence of his mental state??
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