Madras HC Initiates Suo Moto Contempt Proceedings Against BJP Leader H Raja [Read Order]

Madras HC Initiates Suo Moto Contempt Proceedings Against BJP Leader H Raja [Read Order]

"Any attempt at creating a dent in this most revered pillar of our democratic system could lead to promotion of fascism, naxalism and all that is opposed to democracy", the Court observed in the order.

The Madras High Court has initiated suo moto contempt proceedings against BJP national secretary H Raja, for his alleged derogatory remarks against judiciary.

H Raja had landed in a controversy as a video featuring him went viral, in which he was seen using foul language against the Court in a verbal spat with a police man. The incident allegedly took place when the police tried to stop him carrying out idol procession during Ganesh Chaturthi festival last weekend. The police stopped the procession through a particular route citing a court order.  This apparently enraged Raja, who launched a diatribe against police and judiciary, which was captured in a video. He reportedly called the police "corrupt" and "anti-hindu".

This resulted in an FIR being registered by Thirumayam Police, Pudukkottai District, against him for sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 153 (provocation with intent to cause riot), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 294 (b) (sings, recites or utters any obscene song, ballad or words, in or near any public place), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharging official duty),505 (1) (b) (c) (statements conducing to public mischief), 506 (1) (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 290 (public nuisance) of the Indian Penal Code.  Raja has denied the allegations, stating that the video was doctored.

Today morning, several lawyers made oral mention before the benches headed by Justice H G Ramesh and Justice N Kirubakaran for initiation of contempt action against Raja. However, both the benches declined, and asked the lawyers to file a written application. Meanwhile, another bench of Justice C T Selvam and Justice M Nirmal Kumar initiated suo moto contempt action, and issued notice to Raja.

The bench stated that it was taking cognizance of the contempt by Raja on the basis of video clippings and newsreports.

"Any attempt at creating a dent in this most revered pillar of our democratic system could lead to promotion of fascism, naxalism and all that is opposed to democracy", the Court observed in the order.

Raja has been directed to make appearance on October 22.

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