Supreme Court clears Katju over Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji remarks

  • IANS, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 03, 2015 14:09 IST

Supreme Court on Monday said that prima facie comdemnation of justice Markandey Katju by Parliament for describing Mahatma Gandhi as a British agent and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose as a Japanese agent did not violate his right to free speech and expression or in any way dent his reputation.

An apex court bench, headed by justice TS Thakur, while agreeing to further hear the matter, appointed senior counsel Fali Nariman as amicus curiae as justice Katju's counsel Gopal Subramaniam told the court that he could not have been condemned by Parliament without being given an opportunity to be heard.

Justice Katju, a former judge of Supreme Court and former chairman of the Press Council of India, in one of his blogs, had described Gandhi as a British agent and Netaji as a Japanese agent.

The Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha had passed unanimous resolutions condemning and deploring Katju's statement.

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