Stating that any attempt to “create a dent” in the judiciary “could lead to promotion of fascism, Naxalism and all that is opposed to democracy”, the Madras High Court on Monday initiated suo motu contempt proceedings against BJP national secretary H Raja for his derogatory and abusive remarks about the judiciary and the police.
The division bench of Justices C T Selvam and M Nirmalkumar sought the BJP leader’s appearance before the court in four weeks.
Raja allegedly made derogatory remarks at a police team on Saturday when he was barred from violating a court order that prohibited a Vinayagar idol procession on a road at Meiyapuram, in Pudukottai district. Procession along the route was prohibited since the area was deemed sensitive.
As the police asked him to stick to the permitted route, Raja, in a video of the incident that has since been shared widely online, was seen purportedly abusing Inspector A Manoharan and his colleagues — the video showed him calling the police officials corrupt and having taken bribe from certain “sections”.
The video showed the BJP leader purportedly making repeated derogatory remarks at the court order prohibiting the procession on that route, and telling police officers that they are against Hindus, even as officials were seen trying to pacify him.
Raja denied the charges and said the video had been edited. Pudukottai police booked him and seven others under eight sections of IPC.
On Monday, referring to Raja’s “scandalous conduct” and visuals of his action, the court observed, “We judges are but cogwheels in the administration of justice…. It is the majesty of this institution (judiciary) which is paramount, and it is this that we seek to uphold. The judiciary, held in high esteem by all right-thinking people…has held aloft the flag of justice.”
Responding to Raja’s remarks, AIADMK rebel leader T T V Dhinakaran said, “He (Raja) need not behave as if he is protecting Hindu religion — it can protect itself. Anyone ridiculing another religion cannot be a Hindu. Going by the way he ridiculed the judiciary, it is clear that he cannot save anything in this world.”