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”.

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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.
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      Raaka
      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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              Vijayaraghavan
              Nov 11, 2016 at 4:50 pm
              Supreme Court s the chief protector of citizens and consutionally it is the duty of every citizen, more so the case of former justice of SC, to accept the judgements with all humility. One can definitely question any judgement, within the Lakshman Rekha. It is an indication of failure of democracy If defiance of SC is allowed to go on.
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                Gopal
                Nov 11, 2016 at 12:51 pm
                Supreme Court issues an absurd decision and now they threaten somebody else with contempt. It seems to be that the judges are in contempt of the people of India.
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                  Indianajones
                  Nov 11, 2016 at 12:47 pm
                  Judges need to understand that are ordinary humans entrusted with the responsibility of dispensing justice. It's highly unbecoming of judges to behave in high handed manner. Asking questions, even to the Judiciary, is a democratic right,
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                    Javed Azim
                    Nov 11, 2016 at 9:24 pm
                    They had no proper reply to convict justice truth (Katju).lt;br/gt;The victim Soumya wasn't related to him by any means. He raised concern over non-justice only.lt;br/gt;They should've admitted their fault and behaved humanity to their senior.
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                      jayaram reddi
                      Nov 11, 2016 at 1:48 pm
                      People regardless of who they are can make any kind of statements on the judgements of any courts including the supreme court. Courts have no right going after those people. Actually it is stupid on the part of the courts to go after people.
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                        Lovely
                        Nov 11, 2016 at 2:50 pm
                        Supreme Court on many occasions had reversed its own judgements . There are many, many such instances.SC quality of judgements is very poor.
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                          Lovely
                          Nov 11, 2016 at 2:00 pm
                          Supreme Court thinks it is God, which is wrong.
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                            rajkal
                            Nov 11, 2016 at 2:09 pm
                            Activist Judges should be removed immediately
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                              rajkal
                              Nov 11, 2016 at 2:08 pm
                              Judges are supporting to quell the media freedom during court proceedings in Kerala with the help of Gunda Lawyers.
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                                Sankara Menon
                                Nov 11, 2016 at 12:21 pm
                                IMHO very unfortunate event. Inviting someone to explain and then contempt?
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                                  Madhu Ramanathan
                                  Nov 11, 2016 at 12:45 pm
                                  Why did the SC call him? It could have issued the contempt notice earlier itself!!
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                                    pawan
                                    Nov 11, 2016 at 12:48 pm
                                    SC Recent judgements like Ansal , souyma and terming katara case as not honor case and giving bails to corrupts like lalu and jaya and closing the case against mulayam and maywati shows how useless and inept and clueless this SC has become along with corrupt. Judiciary reform is the need and should be done ASAP
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                                      R.Mehta
                                      Nov 11, 2016 at 12:35 pm
                                      Possibly for the first time a former Supreme Court Judge was issued notice and asked to appear in the Court and on his appearance ,has been issued notice for contempt of Court.
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                                        R.Mehta
                                        Nov 11, 2016 at 12:24 pm
                                        Subject to correction ,it appears to be first time that a former Judge of Honable Supreme Court has been issued notice for contempt of Court.Even asking him to appear before Supreme Court by issuing notice to him for his appearance ,also happened for the first time.
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                                          MK Unni
                                          Nov 11, 2016 at 4:36 pm
                                          Any student of body language and physiognomy cannot fail to detect the sneering, contemptuous, insolent and arrogant atude of Markandeya Katju and it is no surprise that he did the kind of things he did in the Supreme Court. He seems lo live for Publicity alone and towards that end, the more outrageous his remarks the better he feels. How he ended up as a judge in the SC is hard to understand; intemperate speech by an SC Justice must have caused consternation at the time. He was arrogant and insulting and for his personal abuse contempt proceedings are absolutely right. A day in Jail would be Justice for this man.
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                                            A.C.Philip
                                            Nov 12, 2016 at 5:50 am
                                            The repute and dignity of the judiciary shall not be cooked out of the tyranny of judges or out of its ability to curtail the freedom of speech under the threat of contempt of court, but shall evolve out of its ability to withstand criticism by the sterling character and splendid impartiality of the individuals involved.”lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Adv.A.C.Philip,lt;br/gt;Jt. Secretary,lt;br/gt;National Lawyers’ Campaign forlt;br/gt; Judicial Transparency and Reforms.
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