The Supreme Court has handed an unprecedented contempt notice to one of its former judges, justice Markandey Katju, who alleged he had been singled out for “speaking against judicial corruption” at higher levels.
Katju was summoned by the court on Friday to explain his criticism of the order that rejected the death penalty to a convict in the 2011 rape and murder of Kerala woman Soumya.
But Katju posted on Twitter:
I was awake half the night preparing Soumya's case in which I will be appearing at 2 p.m. today in the Supreme Court.— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) November 11, 2016
On going through the papers I am even more convinced that the SC made a grave error in holding the accused Govindachamy not guilty of murder— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) November 11, 2016
When in the courtroom, judges sought an explanation on what they said appeared to be “an assault on the judges”, Katju said he was not scared. The tense exchange led to judges calling the security to escort Katju out.
An active social media user, Katju has never shied away to express his views on Twitter and Facebook. Be it the mockery of Bihar residents or the government’s demonetisation move, he has stuck his neck out on a range of issues to invite attraction --- and criticism. Take a look.
On Centre’s crackdown on black money
The 500-1000 rupee abolition harebrained schemed has introduced total chaos throughout the country. pic.twitter.com/L9CLaF2hJE— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) November 9, 2016
The 500 1000 rupee scheme is only a stunt by a desparate govt. which has been a failure on all fronts— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) November 9, 2016
The Centre announced that Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes would cease to be legal tender from November 8 midnight, in an immediate attack on black money and terror funding.
But the former Supreme Court judge criticised the government’s action, and even raked up Muhammed bin Tughlaq, a 14th century Delhi emperor who ordered demonetisation of gold and silver coins and replaced them with copper and brass coins.
On triple talaq
All those who support triple talaq r enemies of Islam, & shud be condemned by Muslims. Islam came as a great liberating force in the world— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) October 21, 2016
Under ‘triple talaq’, a man can divorce his wife by pronouncing the Urdu word three times.
On JNU student leaders who have been vocal about the Centre of late
Most speeches of JNUSU leaders like Kanhaiya, Shehla,etc remind me of a line from Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' : " It is a tale told by an idiot,— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) November 8, 2016
Why don't JNUSU office bearers speak out against the outdated, stupid and feudal sharia law ? pic.twitter.com/D65vlhigvp— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) November 7, 2016
The Jawaharlal Nehru University in the Capital has become a majorly active political hub since the February 9 event that stirred protests and brought the student leaders Kanhaiya Kumar, Shehla Rashid and others to limelight.
Justice Katju talks about why the student leaders, vocal on almost every other move by the government, are silent on crucial issues like triple talaq.
On Delhi’s air pollution -- and yoga guru Ramdev
I don't know y Delhiites r complaining of air pollution.Surely BabaRamdev wud be having some Patanjali product which consumed makes air pure— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) November 5, 2016
Delhi’s air pollution recently spiked to dangerous levels due to Diwali firecrackers and crop-burning in nearby states. Katju wondered if Ramdev, known for his wide range of Patanjali products, had a cure for the alarming pollution.
On judicial probe into SIMI ‘encounter’
Often when a judicial probe is announced you can know its outcome by knowing the name of the judge— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) November 5, 2016
So trigger happy policemen who think they can do extra judicial killings and get away with it should know that the gallows await them.— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) October 31, 2016
Eight suspected members of the Students Islamic Movement of India were gunned down in an alleged encounter hours after they used knotted bedsheets to climb out of a Bhopal prison after killing a guard. Many expressed doubts about the encounter to be genuine.
On NDTV India ban
There is a difference between coverage and live coverage of anti terrofist operations. What is banned by rule 6(1)(p) is only live coverage— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) November 5, 2016
Justice Katju : One day ban on NDTV is illegal— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) November 5, 2016
I spoke just now wi... https://t.co/M5zKTcqnSe
Following a recommendation by an inter-ministerial committee of the information and broadcasting ministry, the government ordered a one-day blackout of Hindi news channel NDTV India for revealing “strategically-sensitive” details of the Pathankot airbase during a militant attack in January. The ban was later stayed.
On Kashmir crisis
Geelani, Omar, Mehbooba have all become irrelevant in Kashmir. Only relevant people are those who have the gun i.e. army & the militants— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) October 31, 2016
The Kashmir Valley has been on the boil since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July8.
On Partition and Pakistan
Problem with Pakistanis is they dare not speak truth about Partition & that Pak is fake, coz if they do they'll be bumped off by extremists— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) October 31, 2016
1947 was a historical swindle by the British, that India & Pak are really one country, and will reunite 1 day under a secular govt.— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) October 30, 2016
Manohar Joshi judgment
The recent 7 judge bench order of the SC refusing to revisit the Manohar Joshi judgment on a specious reasoning is deeply regrettable— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) October 27, 2016
This judgement struck a powerful blow at our secular democracy, and gave a handle to all kinds of right wing reactionaries to justify— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) October 27, 2016
A three-judge Supreme Court bench in 1995 had held that “Hindutva/Hinduism is a way of life of the people in the sub-continent” and “is a state of mind”. The judgment was delivered in the case of Manohar Joshi versus NB Patil, which was authored by Justice JS Verma. He found the statement by Joshi that “First Hindu State will be established in Maharashtra” did not amount to appeal on ground of religion.
On Tata boardroom fight
The Tata infight is getting 'curiouser and curiouser', as Alice would say ( see ' Alice in Wonderland ' )— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) October 27, 2016
Tata Sons removed Cyrus Mistry as the top boss of the Indian conglomerate. The ripples of the boardroom decision set off more waves as Mistry reacted in emails that went public and some other important office-bearers were also shown the door.
On Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
What kind of CM is Fadnavis who brokers a deal with a gunda ? And shame on the Film Producers who succumbed to this gunda— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) October 26, 2016
Maharashtra Navanirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray asked producers of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil to pay Rs 5 crore as ‘penance’ to cast Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in the movie. The word came out from a meeting between Karan Johar with Thackeray, mediated by Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis.
On Samajwadi Party’s infighting
My advice to the SP members : Throw out all the old decayed fish and rotten eggs in your party, and solidly join ranks behind Akhilesh Yadav— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) October 26, 2016
What has happened to you Maharashtrians ? How can you tolerate such goondas ? Are you not ashamed ?— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) October 22, 2016
The political feud in the ruling Yadav family of Uttar Pradesh erupted after an apparent tussle between CM Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal. Tit-for-tat sackings by both camps complicated the matters, and even party chief Mulayam found it hard to tackle the crisis.
On Arnab Goswami and his security
This joker Arnab Goswamy who has nothing in his head except his arrogance will get 20 guards night&day by Govt. for his security— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) October 17, 2016
Ex-Times Now editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami was given Y-category security after he allegedly received threats from Pakistani extremist outfits.
On Dahi handi
In dahi handi case, a bench headed by Justice Dave held that no dahi handi can be more than 20 feet tall & no one below 18 can participate— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) October 14, 2016
But where is the statute with these requirements ? Judges cannot legislate, as has repeatedly been held by the Supreme Court.— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) October 14, 2016
Dahi Handi is a festival celebrated on Janmashtami when high human pyramids are raised to break a mud-pot of curd. The activity, most popular in the Mumbai suburbs, came under the court scanner when some pyramids on collapsing caused serious casualties.
Santa Who supports terrorism?— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) September 26, 2016
Santa Who supports Pak?
Banta :Pak got all its ideas of jungle raj from Bihar
“Jungle raj” is a term loosely associated with a sense of lawlessness in Bihar.