Congress daily Veekshanam on Thursday said judiciary should be subjected to criticism and asked whether such criticism be considered as contempt of court.
The daily said ‘the principle that Caesar’s wife should be above suspicion’ must be made applicable to the judiciary also.
The other day, a division bench of Kerala High Court had issued contempt notice to Congress minister K C Joseph on charges of allegedly making defamatory comments against high court judge Alexander Thomas.
The Congress daily, in its editorial, said why judiciary should be kept insulated from criticism in a democratic society where executive and legislator are subjected to scrutiny.
It is not the verdict, but the observations and opinions made by a section of judges that become controversial.On most occasions, the judges comment on issues that do not come under their purview or that is not related to the case they are considering. In such situations, when the judges invite criticism by interfering in unnecessary issues it should be examined whether such criticism should be considered as contempt of court, said the editorial.