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former judge Justice Markandey Katju
former judge Justice Markandey Katju

The Supreme Court on Friday slapped a notice to its former judge Justice Markandey Katju on why contempt proceedings cannot be initiated against him for casting aspersion against judges in a blog.

The apex court bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Prafulla C. Pant and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit issued the notice to Justice Katju, who was present in the court.

They showed him a copy of the blog to Attirneuyy General Mukul Rohatgi, who said the highlighted paragraphs of the blog were “intemperate” but would not amount to contempt.

Giving Justice Katju eight weeks to reply, the bench said that in the blog he had criticized the judges and not the judgment.