Katju apologises for his remarks on Supreme Court, asks for early hearing of contempt case
The court had issued first of its kind suo motu contempt notice to its former judge over writing blogs, which had comments on the judges.
In trouble for his big mouth and blunt statements, Former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju has now offered an apology in the Supreme court to wriggle out of the criminal contempt proceedings initiated against him for writing blogs that the court had called “an attack on the judges."
Reportedly, Rajeev Dhawan, senior lawyer, represented Katju and mentioned the matter before a bench led by Justice Ranjan Gogoi and sought an early hearing of his application. He also informed that he has already filed an application to sought an exemption from personal appearance for the former judge.
However, it has also been reported that Justice Katju has offered an apology.
Dhawan has requested for listing the application before the court breaks for a winter vacation next week. Justice Gogoi said he would look into the request. At present, the matter has been fixed for first week in January.
On November 11, the court had issued first of its kind suo motu contempt notice to its former judge over writing blogs, which had comments on the judges.
“Prima facie, the statements made seem to be an attack on the Judges and not on the judgment. We, therefore, issue notice of contempt to show cause why contempt proceedings should not be drawn up against Justice Markandey Katju and he be appropriately dealt with,” stated the court order.
Justice Katju was issued a notice by the court in October over blogs in which he was critical of the September 15 judgment that had set aside the death penalty for the convict in Kerala’s Soumya rape-murder case.
Justice Katju was a Supreme Court judge between 2006 and 2011.