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Attorney General recuses himself from initiating Contempt Proceedings Against Justice Katju in Nirav Modi Case, Says “I have known him for years, approach SG”

Lawstreet Journal 31 Mar 2021 10:01pm

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KK Venugopalan, the Attorney General of India was supposed to grant consent in order to initiate proceedings of criminal contempt against Justice Markandey katju, former Supreme Court judge for allegedly making contemptuous remarks in the Nirav Modi Extradition Case. However, the AG recused himself. 

He went on to say that it might not be appropriate for him to take an action in this matter as he has known Justice Katju for over sixteen years. 

Therefore, he asked the Applicant, Alakh Alok Srivastava to approach the Solicitor General of India to seek his consent, that can be done under Sec 15(3), Contempt of Courts Act, 1971. 

He said:

"I have gone through your application for consent to initiate proceedings for criminal contempt against Justice (retd.) Markandey Katju. I have to point out that I have known Justice Katju for the last about 16 years and we have been interacting with each other ever since. In this background it is not appropriate that I deal with the matter.

I am bringing to your notice Explanation (a) to Section 15(3) which empowers either the Attorney General or the Solicitor General of India to grant cosent for initiating criminal contempt proceedings if deemed fit. If so advised, you may file your application for consent before the Solicitor General of India, Sh Tushar Mehta.”

Earlier this month, Srivastava wrote to the AG explaining how Justicfe Katju had scandalised the Supreme Court of India when he stated before a UK Court that the institution has “practically surrendered before the Indian Government.”

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