The Supreme Court on Friday issued contempt notice to retired judge, Markhandey Katju in the Soumya rape and murder case. The contempt notice was issued because he criticised the judge and not the judgment.
Once the notice was issued, Justice Katju said," I am not scared, do what you what. Do not threaten me." The Bench observed that the remarks made by Justice Katju were on an assault on the three judge bench and it was not a criticism of the judgment. This is the first time in the history that a former judge of the Supreme Court is being slapped with a contempt notice.
Justice Katju was told to appear before the court and debate his Facebook post in which he criticised the judgment of the Supreme Court in the Soumya murder and rape case. The court had acquitted the accused.
There was plenty of drama in the court today. Justice Katju lost his cool several times as he kept saying he is not scared of the Supreme Court. Justice Gogoi on the Bench reminded him that he was junior to Katju. When Justice Katju lost his cool, the Bench called for security. The Bench then asked if there was anyone to escort Justice Katju out of the court.