Tribune News Service
New Delhi, 29 September
Observing that the power of contempt cannot be taken even by a law made by the legislature, the Supreme Court today held the chairman of an NGO guilty of contempt of court, which levied Rs 25 lakh on him. Was. For non-payment of fine of Rs. barking ”Court.
A bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul found Suraj India Trust chairman Rajeev Dayya guilty of contempt of court and observed, “The power to punish for contempt is a constitutional power which is more or less a mandate by a legislative act.” also applies.” Article 129 of the Constitution declares: “The Supreme Court shall be a court of record and shall have all the powers of such court, including the power to punish for contempt of itself.” Article 215 Makes a similar declaration with respect to the contempt power of the High Courts.
“We have no doubt that the contempt is trying to make his way or, alternatively, I will throw mud at all, be it the court, its administrative staff or the state government, so that the people will be apprehensive If mud is thrown, it can backfire. We refuse to back down and are clear in our view that we should take it to its logical conclusion,” the apex court said.
Explicitly holding Daiya for contempt of court, the bench said, “His acts of defaming the court cannot be counted. He continues with his aggressive behavior. The apology presented by him is merely an attempt to walk out of the results again, followed by another set of accusations, thus, a chariot. “
The top court said it was not mandatory to give hearing to Dayya on the issue of punishment, it would still give him one more chance on the question of final sentence and fixed October 7 for hearing the matter.
Daiya had sought the withdrawal of the apex court’s 2017 judgment, which had imposed a fine of Rs 25 lakh for filing 64 PILs and “repeatedly misusing” his jurisdiction and wasting judicial time. He had said that he does not have the resources to spend such a huge amount and will go to the President with a mercy petition.