Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Centre asks SC to initiate contempt action against Amit Shah, Jethmalani

The Centre today asked the Supreme Court to initiate contempt proceedings against former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah and his lawyer Ram Jethmalani for questioning the impartiality of the judge who ordered a CBI probe in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.
Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaising said the allegation of conspiracy among the judge (Justice Tarun Chatterjee, now retired), the Centre and the CBI made by Shah amounts to contempt of court.
“ The alleged interest of the judge whether personal or otherwise is not only fanciful but the averments to that effect are nothing short of contempt of this court,” she said before a Bench of Justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana Prakash Desai.
She was referring to the contentions of Shah who alleged that the CBI was used by the Centre and, in this conspiracy, the possible bias of the judge played a critical role for getting the case transferred to the agency.

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