The Supreme Court accepted an unconditional apology from former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju on Friday according to a report in DNA. The apex court also closed the contempt proceedings against Katju.
"I offer my unconditional apology for publishing the above captioned writings and have deleted the same from my blog entries on Facebook," Katju said, in his apology, read out in court by senior counsel Rajeev Dhavan. "I express my respect for the judicial appointment process and for the judiciary as an institution of governance," he said.
Urging the court to take his unconditional apology on record, Katju told the court: "I am prepared to read it in open court if I am called upon to do so." In their order, the bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit said: "In view of the apology tendered, we accept and close the proceeding."
The apex court issued a suo moto contempt notice to a former judge for the first time in India's judicial history, The Indian Express reported. Katju had criticised the court's judgment in the Soumya rape and murder case in which the death sentence of the convict Govindacahamy was commuted.
Katju, in his Facebook post, had said: "The Supreme Court judgment in the Soumya case is wrong… I submit that the Supreme Court has erred in law in not holding the accused guilty of murder, and its judgment needs to be reviewed to this extent."
A bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, issuing the notice to Katju on 11 November, said: "He is a respected gentleman. We request him to come in person and debate his Facebook post criticising the judgment. Let him come to the court and let's debate over the fundamental flaws in our verdict."
With inputs from IANS
Updated Date: Jan 06, 2017 17:54 PM