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Madras HC judge calls for action against actor Surya for dig at judiciary over NEET

Surya’s statement on Sunday came after four NEET candidates in Tamil Nadu committed suicide allegedly due to stress and anxiety in writing exams amid the pandemic.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | September 15, 2020 2:11:45 am
suriya on NEETThe Madras High Court bench observed that actor Suriya’s NEET remarks do not amount to contempt or a level of criminal contempt but termed them "absolutely unnecessary".

A day after Tamil actor Surya blamed the courts for forcing students to appear for NEET amid the pandemic, Madras High Court judge Justice S M Subramaniam wrote to Chief Justice A P Sahi, seeking contempt proceedings against him.

Surya’s statement on Sunday came after four NEET candidates in Tamil Nadu committed suicide allegedly due to stress and anxiety in writing exams amid the pandemic. He said, “Courts were delivering justice through video-conferencing due to life-threatening coronavirus fears (but) are ordering students to fearlessly go and write the exams.”

On Monday, sources close to Justice Subramaniam confirmed that he sought action against Surya by arguing that the actor’s statement “amounts to contempt of court as the integrity and devotion of the honourable judges as well as the judicial system of our great nation are not only undermined but criticised in a bad shape…”

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