SC strikes down Katju's plea against parliamentary resolution
The Parliament had condemned Justice Katju for calling Mahatma Gandhi a British agent and Bose a Japanese agent.
The plea filed by Justice Markandey Katju (retd) challenging a resolution passed by Parliament deploring his remarks against Mahatma Gandhi and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose has been dismissed by Supreme Court on Thursday.
An apex bench of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit dismissed the former Justice Markandey Katju's apex court judge's plea without even hearing him.
“We have dismissed the petition on merits,” Justice UU Lalit said while reading out the gist of the verdict by a three-member Bench that included Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice R Banumathi.
The Parliament had condemned Justice Katju for calling Gandhi a British agent and Bose a Japanese agent.
According to the Tribune India, Katju contended that the resolutions would have a “chilling effect on free speech and muzzle and discourage critical thinking,” besides hindering an independent academic engagement with India’s history and its key personalities.
The top court also rejected the Centre's plea that Justice Katju's petition was not maintainable.
n March 2015, both the houses had passed resolutions condemning the former Press Council of India chairperson for his blog post in which he called Gandhi “a British agent” and Bose “a Japanese agent”. Justice Katju claimed the resolutions curtailed his right of free speech and harmed his reputation.