Justice Katju tenders apology in SC

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Jan 2017 09:02:42


NEW DELHI,

Jan 6,

(PTI),

FORMER Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju on Friday tendered unconditional apology for contemptuous remarks in his blog to the apex court which was accepted by it and the contempt proceedings closed. The order was passed by a bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and U U Lalit which accepted the apology and decided to close the contempt proceedings against the former judge.

“In view of the apology tendered, which has been verified, we close the instant contempt proceedings,” it said. Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhawan, appearing for Justice Katju, read from the reply tendering the apology. Justice Katju was earlier granted exemption from personal appearance.

Urging the court to take his unconditional apology on record, Katju told the court: “I am prepared to read it in open court if I am called upon to do so.”Justice Katju, against whom contempt notice was issued for allegedly using ‘intemperate’ language and ‘scandalising’ the judiciary in one of his facebook posts, had moved the apex court on December 9 seeking early hearing of the contempt case.

The bench had agreed to the submission for early hearing and had asked Justice Katju’s counsel to file a proper application in this regard. During a brief hearing on Friday, Dhavan referred to the written response, offering unconditional apology, of Justice Katju which led to closure of the contempt proceedings.

On November 11, the apex court had issued contempt notice to Justice Katju after taking note of his statement in the blog and had said that it constituted a serious assault on judges and not on the judgement. Justice Katju had appeared in the court following its October 17 direction asking him to be present and debate his Facebook post criticising an SC verdict by which the convict in the Soumya rape case had escaped gallows as he was acquitted of the murder charge.