SC hands three months prison term for scandalous claims targeting sitting SC judges made by 3 men

Team SoOLEGAL 6 May 2020 3:42pm

SC hands three months prison term for scandalous claims targeting sitting SC judges made by 3 men

The Supreme Court of India has sentenced three men, convicted of contempt of court for making "scurrilous and scandalous charges" against two apex court sitting judges, to a 3-month jail, finding it was a "concerted attempt to practically keep the judiciary to ransom"

On April 27, the top court held, lawyer Vijay Kurle, Maharashtra state president and Indian Bar Association Goa, lawyer Nilesh Ojha, chairman of the Indian Bar Association, and Rashid Khan Pathan, national secretary of the NGO Human Rights Security Council, guilty of contempt of court for making scandalous accusations against the judges.

However the Supreme Court noted, “Keeping in view the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown conditions we direct that this sentence shall come into force after 16 weeks from today when the contemnors should surrender before the Secretary General of this Court to undergo the imprisonment."

If they refuse to surrender as directed, then warrants will be issued for their arrest, the bench said. In view of the scurrilous and scandalous allegations made against top court judges and no regret displayed by any of the three contemporaries, the bench noted, "we are of the considered view that they cannot be let off leniently."

The Bench further stated, "it is obvious that this is a concerted effort to virtually hold the Judiciary to ransom.”These claims had to be sternly dealt with and cut in the bud, the Bench had said.


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