HC sentences CPI-M leader contempt of court

The Kerala High Court today sentenced CPI(M) leader M V Jayarajan to six months imprisonment on charge of committing contempt of court by making derogatory remarks against judges and the judiciary.

Kochi: The Kerala High Court today sentenced
CPI(M) leader M V Jayarajan to six months imprisonment on
charge of committing contempt of court by making derogatory
remarks against judges and the judiciary.

A division bench comprising justices V Ram Kumar and P Q
Barkat Ali passed the order after launching suo motu contempt
proceedings against Jayarajan, a former MLA.

Jayarajan, who was present in court, made an application to
suspend the sentence, which was turned down by the court
finding him guilty of criminal contempt.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 2000 on Jayarajan, who
had represented Kannur constituency.

The CPI-M leader had earlier told the court that he had
only criticised the judgement of the high court as it
"violated" the right to conduct meetings on roadsides enjoyed
by the public for centuries. There is no law preventing such
meetings, Jayarajan had submitted, claiming that there was
widespread protest against the verdict.

The court had also recorded the statement of some media
personnel also in the case.

Jayarajan had made some remarks against judges and the
judiciary soon after the verdict at a public meeting at
Kannur on June 26 last year.

The court had on June 10 chargesheeted him in the case
after finding that the terminologies used by Jayarajan to
describe judges were intended to "humiliate, scandalise and
lower the authority" of the court in the eyes of public and
also to interfere with the administration of justice.

In August this year, the court framed fresh charges against

him.

PTI