By Justice K. Chandru
M.V. Jayarajan, the LDF Minister who recently quit the Cabinet, was incarcerated for calling the judges “sumbamars”. For abusing judges or criticising their judgment with bad motive one can be hauled up for contempt and may be punished. But curiously, the Supreme Court had issued a notice to Markandey Katju to come and argue a review petition (registered Suo Moto) in Soumya’s case. This action of the Court is clearly unwarranted, besides being illegal.
In sensitive criminal cases, when passions are roused, it is natural for people to criticise the Court, which either acquits an accused or reduces the sentence. Trial by media is on the increase and people more often believe the person who is arraigned before the Court is the real culprit. They do not understand the nuances of criminal law. Even the police, which is tired of conducting a proper investigation and brings the guilty to trial with satisfactory evidence, often indulges in fake encounters.