A top lawyer to defend a former ace judge and justice of the apex court of the country. Yes you read it right. Controversies favorite child and one of the country’s top legal protagonists justice Markandey Katju who is currently engaged in a legal brawl with the Supreme Court (SC) of India. “I have spoken to Fali Nariman and he has agreed to defend me in the contempt of court proceedings, ” said Katju to the media. The statement comes a day after SC issued a notice to Katju for questioning it’s decision and integrity in a particular jusdgement.
“I do exercise my right to free speech. But never have I abused this right to make personal remarks or attacks against any judge. I do speak out when I get material indicating corruption. I have always respected the Supreme Court as an institution and never have done anything to tarnish its image and dignity ,” he said.
Since SC has served justice Katju with a notice, he has written two more blogs on his official blog page on Saturday morning but later it was discovered to be deletedprobably after receiving advice from Nariman.
Asked why he referred to Justice Ran jan Gogoi, as `Mr Gogoi’ and uttered the unwarranted words, Justice Katju said: “I was very respectful to all the three judges. I consistently referred to them as `my lords’ and used the prefix `justice’ before their name in my assistance in the Soumya case.”
He added, “However, Justice Pant repeatedly referred to me as Mr Katju. Justice Gogoi too was sarcastic in his comments. I did not address him as Mr Gogoi till he threatened me with contempt of court proceedings. Is this the way to treat a former Supreme Court judge, who is much senior to all three of the judges? I had gone to the court in deference to the request of the bench. Does a person who assists the court get this treatment as reward?” Katju has been ordered to explain, in six weeks, why contempt of court proceedings should not be initiated against him for verbally “assaulting” the judges.