Madras High Court on Friday cautioned Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy against "arguing" in public on the issue of premature release of Nalini, convicted for life in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, saying it would be contempt of court as the matter was sub-judice. "He (Swamy) is arguing the case outside.
It is already decided in newspapers. It is clearly contempt of court," a Division Bench told Swamy's counsel taking exception to the Janata Party chief's remarks to reporters in Chennai on Thursday.
The bench made the observation when Swamy's petition against a single judge's order directing Tamil Nadu Government to constitute a fresh Prison Advisory Board to reconsider Nalini's plea for premature release came up for hearing. Senior advocate G Rajagopalan, Swamy's counsel, assured the bench comprising Justices Elipe Dharmarao and N Paul Vasanthakumar that it would not happen in future and that he would convey the court's views to his client.
At a press conference in Chennai on Thursday, Swamy had said Nalini should not be allowed to argue in person on his petition as sought by her as she was a convict.
The state government has formed the board, headed by Vellore District Collector, which last week heard the views of Nalini and two other convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Case, who are also seeking premature release.