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Allegations against CJI: SC to hear contempt plea against Cong leader

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today agreed to hear a plea seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against actress-turned-for allegedly making "politically motivated" and "frivolous" allegations against of Misra through her acount.

The matter was mentioned for urgent listing before a bench comprising CJI Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, but the bench said the plea would come up for hearing in due course.

The petition, filed by retired Anil Kabotra, has claimed that Spandana was an active member of the and was aware of the impeachment motion against the CJI, which was moved by a group of opposition parties led by the

"The (alleged) contemnor (Spandana) in furtherance of her service to the Indian National Congress, used to disparage the of and also the highest court of India, whereby, putting in jeopardy the administration of justice and faith in judiciary," the plea, filed through R D Upadhyay, said.

The plea claimed that Spandana had made the comments through her account on April 23 after M Venkaiah Naidu had rejected the impeachment motion, filed by several Rajya Sabha members, against the CJI.

It alleged that "the contemnor used the word 'fixed benches' to make an inference that the allocates cases arbitrarily with ulterior motive and it effects public trust and confidence on the of India".

The plea claimed that by making such comments, Spandana had not only "disrespected" the CJI but also the institution, as comments like "fixed benches" or giving details of cases was not merely affecting the dignity and honour of the CJI but also questioning the administrative side of the apex court.

It alleged that her comments fall within the ambit of the definition of criminal contempt under the provision of the Contempt of Court Act, 1971.

The had on April 23 rejected the notice, given by 64 MPs of seven opposition parties led by the Congress, for impeachment of the CJI on five grounds of alleged misbehaviour. This was the first time that an impeachment notice was filed against a sitting CJI.

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 20:10 IST