Kerala High Court Initiates Suo Motu Contempt Case Against KM Shajahan Over YouTube Video Against HC Judges
A suo motu contempt case has been initiated against K.M. Shajahan, the then private secretary of the former Chief Minister of Kerala V.S. Achuthanandan, for the serious allegations levelled by him against High Court judges in a YouTube video. The Registry has been directed to serve a copy of the contempt case on the Advocate General, as stipulated under Rule 8A of the Rules under the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971.
The matter was first listed before a division bench led by Justice A Muhamed Mustaque on February 2. The matter is now before the Division Bench comprising Justice Anil K. Narendran and Justice P.G. Ajithkumar. The petition seeking criminal contempt action has been filed by the High Court Registrar General alleging that Shajahan has made serious allegations against the Judges of the High Court in his speech which is available in the YouTube video channel 'Prathipaksham'. The speech pertained to an Advocate taking money from clients under the pretext of bribing judges. Shajahan's allegation that some Judges of the High Court are also involved in the said incident is alleged to be contemptuous and scandalising the judiciary.
The matter has been posted again on February 13, 2023.
Case Title: Suo Motu v. K.M. Shajahan