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SC declines to entertain plea against APCC chief

J. Venkatesan

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has declined to entertain a petition seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against the Andhra Pradesh State Congress Chief, K. Keshava Rao, and three others for their alleged remarks against the Chief Justice of India, R.C. Lahoti, at a public meeting on August 26.

A three-Judge Bench comprising the Chief Justice Lahoti, Justice G.P. Mathur and Justice P.K. Balasubramanyan in its brief order in the chamber said, "We have perused the petition and the accompanying documents. We feel that it is not necessary or expedient to take any cognisance of the information. The Registry is directed to file the petition and treat it as disposed of."

The petitioner, R. Chandrashekar Reddy, advocate urged the apex court to initiate suo motu contempt proceedings against Mr. Keshav Rao, B.V. Raghavulu, Secretary, CPI(M), Satish Mahajan of Telengana Rashtra Samiti and Ramoji Rao, Editor of `Eenadu'. He said the three political leaders made speeches allegedly against the CJI (for his criticism against the Centre and others), which were published in `Eenadu'.

He contended that these speeches constituted contempt of court and action should be initiated against them.

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