Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Contempt of court: Court asks Minister K C Joseph to appear

KOCHI: The Kerala High Court has asked Minister K C Joseph to appear before them on February 16 in a contempt of court case. Joseph had criticised Kerala High Court Judge Justice Alexander Thomas in a Facebook post last July, comparing him to the jackal who fell on the blue dye and said the judge was publicity crazy.

A division bench including Justices Thottathil B Radhakrishnan and Sunil Thomas directed the minister to appear directly in the court on February 16.

V Sivankutty MLA of the CPM moved the court against the minister’s statement.

The single bench criticised the functioning of the AG’s office when they were considering a woman’s plea seeking a CBI probe on her son’s death. The court got irritated when government’s counsel sought more time to inform their stand. The conduct of the government cases is not effective. It is better to close the office of the AG. Cases should be handed over to private advocates. How the AG’s office should function should be learned from Tamil Nadu. The AG should go there and learn it. They are conducting the Mullaperiyar case in a good manner. Here lapses are found from the side of the AG’s office in providing the necessary details to the court. The office is not taking any initiative to execute the court’s order, he said.

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