The Delhi Excessive Courtroom on Monday proceeded ex-parte towards filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri, scientist Anand Ranganathan, and journal and information portal Swarajya as no one appeared for them in reference to a 2018 suo motu contempt case.
Through the course of the listening to, a bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Amit Sharma famous that none among the many three appeared earlier than the court docket regardless of issuing notices. Accordingly, the court docket proceeded with the listening to and listed it for additional listening to on March 16.
The case is in reference to their remarks towards excessive court docket Justice S. Muralidhar who had quashed rights activist Gautam Navlakha’s home arrest order and transit remand within the Bhima Koregaon case in 2018. Within the earlier listening to on Might 4, additionally the court docket had famous the absence of the trio within the final couple of hearings whereas serving notices to them.
As per the case, the suo motu contempt proceedings had been initiated towards the respondents following RSS ideologue S. Gurumurthy’s tweets alleging bias by Justice Muralidhar. In his tweet, he retweeted the hyperlink from a weblog referred to as ‘Drishtikone’ which had an article titled ‘Why has Delhi Excessive Courtroom Justice Muralidhar’s relationship with Gautam Navlakha not been disclosed?’
The court docket took discover of the tweet and the article after Advocate Rajshekhar Rao wrote a letter to then Chief Justice Rajendra Menon, alleging that the article and Gurumurthy’s retweet was a deliberate try to assault a sitting Excessive Courtroom decide. Gurumurthy was later dropped from the case after an apology however others together with Agnihotri and Ranganathan are nonetheless the respondents.
Earlier additionally, a contempt discover was despatched to Vivek Agnihotri over his tweets that acknowledged that Gautam Navlakha was proven leniency over the truth that he was a good friend of the decide’s spouse.
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