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Rajasthan HC Dismisses Plea against BJP Spokesperson for Contempt

Lawstreet Journal 4 Jul 2020 8:48pm

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The High Court of Rajasthan recently dismissed a petition which sought initiation of Criminal Contempt proceedings against Bhartiya Janata Party’s national spokesperson, Prem Shukla. The plea was filed on the grounds that Shukla had insulted Justice S. Murlidhar, then a judge of High Court of Delhi. 

The matter was taken up by the bench of Justice Goverdhan Bardhar and Justice CK Songara. It observed that the derogatory remarks were made by the famous politician during the course of debate and therefore were not “deliberately” intended to interfere in the administration of justice.

The case for criminal contempt had been filed by Advocate and Aam Aadmi Party politician Poonam Chand Bhandari. The plea submitted that Shukla had wilfully insulted the sitting judge in a TV program telecasted by the popular news channel News24 on 2nd March 2020. It submitted that-

“The statement made by Respondent no.1 undermined the dignity of the judiciary in the country and scandalized or tend to scandalize and lowered the authority of the judiciary”

The court did not find any substance in the aforementioned allegation. 

It observed-

“Taking note of the contents and context, it is pertinent to note that Mr. Prem Shukal, National Spokes Person of Bhartiya Janta Party gave the aforesaid statement while participating in a debate. Thus, the statement given by Mr. Shukla cannot be said to be deliberate interference in the administration of justice.”

In the order passed on 9th June 2020, the bench added-

"the criminal contempt petition filed by the petitioner is without any substance and is accordingly dismissed."

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