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No need of contempt case against Mamata: Katju

PTI 23 Sep 2012, 14:52:22 PM IST
New Delhi, Aug 18: Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju, who recently slammed Mamata Banerjee for the arrest of a farmer asking her a question, has disapproved initiation of contempt proceedings against the West Bengal chief minister for her remarks against judiciary.

He felt there was nothing "original" in her statement as former Chief Justice S P Bharucha and several other judges have also talked about corruption in the judiciary.

"Yes", he said when asked if he believed that judiciary will be well advised not to undertake contempt proceedings as it would then open a can of worms.

"The only time I take contempt proceedings is when somebody jumps to my dais and picks up my file and runs away with it. Then I will not be able to decide the case," Katju said in a TV interview.

He felt Mamata's comments that judgements can be bought was a reaction to former judges like him and former Supreme Court judge Ashok Ganguly, who as the head of the State Human Rights Commission had passed a judgement awarding Rs 50,000 to a professor of Jadavpur University.

Ruling out suggestions that all judges are corrupt, he however noted, "if she meant that some judges are corrupt, it is true. It is true that corruption has seeped in judiciary which is unfortunate. But, of course, there are many upright judges also."