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AG exempts itself from handling a plea of ​​criminal contempt against justice Katju | India News


NEW DELHI: On Tuesday, Attorney General KK Venugopal recused himself from handling a petition to initiate criminal proceedings for contempt against former Supreme Court Justice Justice Markandey Katju over his remarks against the high court while pleading before a UK court in the Nirav Modi extradition case.
Venugopal, in his response to petitioning attorney Alakh Alok Srivastava, said: “I must point out that I have known Judge Katju for the past 16 years and we have been interacting ever since. In this context it is not appropriate for me to deal with the matter.”
It noted that Article 15 (3) empowers the Attorney General or Attorney General of India to grant consent to initiate criminal proceedings for contempt if it deems it appropriate.
“If so, you can submit your consent request to the Attorney General of India Tushar Mehta,” Venugopal told Srivastava in his one-page letter.
Srivastava wrote to Venugopal on March 1 and requested his consent to initiate criminal contempt proceedings against Judge (retd) Katju.
Srivastava cited the British court’s February 25 verdict and rejected fugitive economic criminal Nirav Modi’s statement against his extradition to India.
He said the UK court has recorded the alleged “derogatory” comments made by Judge (retd) Katju as evidence in favor of Nirav Modi.
“It is quite axiomatic from a mere reading of the paragraphs of that judgment that Justice (retd) Markandey Katju has deliberately and deliberately scandalized the Supreme Court and reduced its authority, not only before a UK court but also before the general public, through elaborate media reporting in this regard, “Srivastava said in his appeal to the Attorney General.
He said that the statements of Justice (retd) Katju have discredited the administration of justice in India and abroad and are capable of undermining the dignity and authority of the Supreme Court institution in general and the office of the Chief Justice. from India in particular. , in the eyes of the general public.
“Therefore, it is requested that you kindly grant consent under Article 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act 1971, read with Rule 3 (c) of the Rules to regulate contempt of court proceedings Supreme Court of India, 1975, so that Judge (retd) Markandey Katju be brought before the Supreme Court of India, “he said in his guilty plea.
On February 25, the Westminster Magistrates Court in London accepted the Indian government’s argument to extradite Nirav Modi saying that the evidence against him “is prima facie sufficient to order his extradition to India to face the charges.”
The court also upheld India’s assurances and rejected the defense submissions regarding human rights violations, fair trials and prison conditions and decided to send Modi’s case to the UK Secretary of State for a final decision.
Nirav Modi is wanted in India on charges of fraud and money laundering in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam case estimated at USD 2 billion.

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