Supreme Court docket Suspends Sentence Imposed By Madras HC On Savukku Shankar For Contempt Of Court docket

The Supreme Court docket on Friday suspended the sentence of 6 months imprisonment imposed by the Madras Excessive Court docket for contempt of courtroom on YouTuber and activist Savukku Shankar.

A bench comprising Justices Sanjiv Khanna and JK Maheshwari issued discover to the Excessive Court docket on Shankar’s Particular Depart Petition. The bench additional directed that until the subsequent date of listening to, Shankar shall not make any movies or feedback relating to courtroom proceedings.

It was on September 15 {that a} division bench of the Madras Excessive Court docket (Madurai Bench) comprising Justices GR Swaminathan and P Pugalendhi convicted Shankar for prison contempt of courtroom for his comment “the whole increased judiciary is riddled with corruption” in an interview given in YouTube channel. The division bench refused to droop the sentence, following which he was taken to Madurai jail.

Shankar’s SLP towards the Excessive Court docket order was filed within the Supreme Court docket on October 11.

The Excessive Court docket bench led by Justice Swaminathan suo motu initiated the contempt continuing being attentive to the YouTube interview of Shankar. Earlier than that, the Justice GR Swaminathan’s bench had taken one other suo motu contempt case towards him over his tweets towards Justice GR Swaminathan.

Savukku Shankar argued his case himself earlier than the Excessive Court docket. He didn’t deny the assertion however stated that his interview and articles taken as a complete would point out that he has respect for the judiciary however desires its enchancment by eliminating the corrupt components. He stated that Supreme Court docket choose Jusice Kurian Joseph, Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal and the present legislation minister have additionally spoken about corruption in judiciary.

The Court docket held that his statements quantity to decreasing the dignity of the courtroom and proceeded to convict him.

“The conduct of the contemnor deserves to be famous. Nowhere he expressed his remorse or regret. He didn’t provide any apology in any respect. Alternatively, he asserted that he was justified in making the charged statements. A studying of the charged statements would lead anybody to the conclusion that they’re prone to decrease the status and dignity of courts and judges. We, due to this fact, maintain that the contemnor is responsible of prison contempt”, the Excessive Court docket noticed.

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