New Delhi: .Attorney General KK Venugopal has refused to grant consent for initiation of contempt of court proceedings against former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi for his remarks on judiciary in a recent interview.
The refusal from the AG came on a petition, filed by activist Saket Gokhale, alleging that Gogoi “insulted” and tried to “lower the dignity” of the Top Court during the interview on February 12 at a conclave organised by broadcaster India Today.
The AG stated that the statements made by Gogoi were for the good of the institution and they in no manner lowered the dignity of the Supreme Court.
“…..reflected his frustration with the ills that undoubtedly beset the justice delivery system,” the AGI stated as quoted by Live Law.
While replying to questions during the interview, the former CJI said, “You want a 5 trillion dollar economy but you have a ramshackled economy.”
Gogoi, now a member of Rajya Sabha, claimed that one ends in cleaning the dirty linen in the court but does not get a verdict.
He claimed that only multi-dollar corporations take the risk of entering the courtroom.
The former CJI said the judiciary has not worked for more reason than the one for him and many judges are succumbing to the criticism of the media.
Gokhale, who was also the petitioner in standup comedian Kunal Kamra and cartoonist Rachita Taneja’s contempt of court case, had asked the AG for consent on February 23.