Attorney General K K Venugopal has refused to grant sanction to initiate contempt proceedings against former Chief Justice of India (CJI) and Rajya Sabha lawmaker Ranjan Gogoi for his alleged statements against the apex judiciary.
Attorney General for India KK Venugopal has declined to give his consent sanctioning activist Saket Gokhale to file a contempt of court petition against former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi for his statements against the judiciary and the Supreme Court.
Activist Saket Gokhale had sought consent, a condition precedent for initiating criminal contempt proceedings, of the top-most law officer to initiate the case against the former CJI who had reportedly said at an event that the judiciary is “ramshackled” and it is quite unlikely for a person to get a timely verdict.
In his order, AG Venugopal said “It is true that in the interview, Gogoi initially has made some strong statements about the judiciary and the Supreme Court. This apparently reflects his deep frustration with the ills that undoubtedly beset the justice delivery system”.
Attorney General said, that all that has been said was for the good of the institution and will not in any manner scandalize the court or lower its authority in the eyes of the public.