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Lawyers petition attorney general for nod to sue Kapil Sibal for contempt

August 08, 2022 20:05 IST

Two lawyers on Monday wrote separate letters to Attorney General K K Venugopal seeking his consent to initiate contempt proceedings against Rajya Sabha MP and senior advocate Kapil Sibal for allegedly making statements "scandalising" the verdicts delivered by the Supreme Court.

IMAGE: Kapil Sibal. Photograph: ANI Photo

As per section 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act, the nod of the attorney general or the solicitor general is a condition precedent to set the criminal contempt proceedings in motion before the apex court.

 

Two lawyers -- Vineet Jindal and Shashank Shekhar Jha -- have requested the top law officer to grant consent for initiating contempt proceedings against Sibal, a former law minister.

"The speech of the contemnor is not only against the Supreme Court and its judges but is a process to undermine the dignity and independent nature of the Supreme Court by scandalising the authority of both the Supreme Court and its judges," Jha said in his letter.

Similarly, Jindal has claimed that statements by Sibal have "scandalised the judgments" passed by the Supreme Court judges.

"If this kind of precedent was allowed, political leaders would start making a reckless allegation against the judges of the highest court of our country and this trend would soon lead to the failure of an independent judiciary system," he said in his letter.

In his letter to the attorney general, Jha claimed that in his speech, Sibal had raised "doubt" on the independence of the Supreme Court and "undermined the dignity with a mala fide intention to malign the image" of the top court.

Sibal had on August 6 made the statement as a speaker in an event organised in New Delhi.

In his statement, Sibal was critical of the apex court's recent judgments in the Zakia Jafri case as well as on the pleas pertaining to the interpretation of certain provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

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