The Supreme Court’s public relations department issued a statement that the court has not initiated any criminal contempt proceedings against senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai.
The information published on the Supreme Court’s website indicated that a suo moto criminal contempt case was registered against journalist Rajdeep Sardesai on the basis of a plea filed by Astha Khurana, represented by Advocate Omprakash Parihar.
The plea had stated Mr. Sardesai had deliberately attempted to undermine the public faith and confidence in the judiciary with his tweets, relating to the Supreme Court verdict which, punished civil rights lawyer Prashant Bhushan with a ₹1 fine for scandalising the court through his tweets.
The information on the registration of a suo motu contempt case against Mr. Sardesai came as a surprise as Attorney General K.K. Venugopal had, in September last year, declined his consent.
The Supreme Court through a statement gave its clarification after the media published information regarding the suo moto case registration on February 13.
It clarified that information shown at Supreme Court website vide case no. SMC (Crl) 02/2021 has been placed inadvertently. It was further stated that appropriate action to rectify the same is under process.