Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Case against Jayarajan: hearing adjourned

Kochi: A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Wednesday adjourned to July 5 the hearing on a legal question whether a writ petition seeking to initiate contempt of court proceedings against M.V. Jayarajan, CPI(M) leader, was maintainable.

The Bench comprising Chief Justice J. Chelameswar and Justice P.N. Ravindran directed the Advocate General to address the legal issues in the case, especially in the backdrop of an earlier ruling by the High Court that suo motu action for initiation of contempt proceedings could be taken only after the matter was considered by a Full Court. The court while issuing the directive orally observed that �the factual background of the case is annoying. It was pointed out that a petition seeking contempt of court action could be moved only with the consent of the Advocate General.

In the instance case, the consent of the Advocate General had not been obtained.

The writ petition sought to initiate contempt proceedings against the CPI(M) leader for making statements against a High Court ban on public roadside meetings. The petition was filed by C.A. Edison, chairman, All Kerala Niyama Sahaya Vedi, Thrissur.

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