Legal professional Basic KK Venugopal on Tuesday recused himself from coping with a plea for initiation of legal contempt proceedings towards former Supreme Courtroom choose Justice Markandey Katju for his remarks towards the highest court docket whereas deposing earlier than a court docket in United Kingdom in Nirav Modi extradition case.
KK Venugopal, in his reply to the petitioner advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, stated, “I’ve to level out that I’ve identified Justice Katju for the final about 16 years and we have now been interacting with one another ever since. On this background it isn’t applicable that I cope with the matter.”
He identified that part 15 (3) empowers both the Legal professional Basic or the Solicitor Basic of India to grant consent for initiating legal contempt proceedings if deemed match.
“In that case suggested, chances are you’ll file your utility for consent earlier than the Solicitor Basic of India Tushar Mehta,” KK Venugopal advised Srivastava in his one web page letter.
Srivastava wrote to KK Venugopal on March 1 and sought his consent for initiation of legal contempt proceedings towards Justice (retd) Katju.
Srivastava cited the UK court docket’s verdict of February 25 whereas rejecting the plea of fugitive financial offender Nirav Modi towards his extradition to India.
He stated the UK court docket has recorded the alleged “contemptuous” remarks made by Justice (retd) Katju by means of proof in favour of Nirav Modi.
“It’s fairly axiomatic from a naked perusal of the paragraphs of the stated judgement that Justice (retd) Markandey Katju has intentionally and wilfully scandalised the Supreme Courtroom and has lowered its authority, not solely earlier than a court docket of United Kingdom but additionally earlier than the general public at giant, by means of giving elaborate media briefing on this regard,” Srivastava stated in his plea to the Legal professional Basic.
He stated the statements of Justice (retd) Katju have introduced the administration of justice in disrepute in India and overseas and are able to undermining the dignity and authority of the establishment of Supreme Courtroom on the whole and the workplace of the Chief Justice of India specifically, within the eyes of public at giant.
“Therefore, it’s requested to kindly grant consent beneath part 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 learn with Rule 3 (c) of the Guidelines to Regulate Proceedings for Contempt of the Supreme Courtroom of India, 1975, in order that applicable contempt of court docket proceedings make be initiated towards Justice (retd) Markandey Katju earlier than the Supreme Courtroom of India,” he has stated in his plea.
On February 25, the Westminster Magistrates” Courtroom in London accepted the rivalry of the Indian authorities to extradite Nirav Modi saying that the proof towards him “is prima facie ample to order his extradition to India to face the fees”.
The court docket additionally upheld the assurances of India and rejected the submissions of defence relating to human rights violations, truthful trial and jail situations and determined to ship Modi”s case to the Secretary of the State, UK for remaining choice.
Nirav Modi is needed in India on prices of fraud and cash laundering within the estimated USD 2-billion Punjab Nationwide Financial institution (PNB) rip-off case.