HC rejects CPM leader's plea in contempt of court case
Kerala High on Friday dismissed the petition of CPI(M) leader MV Jayarajan seeking to defer framing of charges against him for his alleged remarks against the judiciary.india Updated: Jun 10, 2011 17:14 IST
Kerala High on Friday dismissed the petition of CPI(M) leader MV Jayarajan seeking to defer framing of charges against him for his alleged remarks against the judiciary.
The Division Bench consisting of Justice AK Basheer and Justice PQ Barkat Ali came down heavily on Jayarajan, stating "We are no fools" and asking his counsel not to "play to the gallery."
"When proceedings are pending before the court, show respect to the court," the Bench said.
The bench adjourned the case to July 20.
Jayarajan denied charges in the suo mottu criminal contempt of court case.
On May 30, the court had decided to frame contempt of court charges against Jayarajan for his alleged remarks against the judiciary.
When the case came up for hearing on June 8, the Court opined that his subsequent statement made last week also amounted to contempt.
Jayarajan's counsel complained that they did not get the opportunity to watch the video clippings of TV channels showing the CPM leader making the alleged remarks and they will move the Supreme Court.
The court had decided to proceed with suo motu contempt of court case after examining the CDs of a speech made by Jayarajan allegedly abusing judges.
Jayarajan, a Marxist leader from Kannur, had reportedly used strong language against judges after a High Court ruling imposed restrictions on conducting roadside meetings by political parties.
First Published: Jun 10, 2011 17:12 IST