KK Venugopal has declined to Grant Consent to Initiate Contempt of Court Proceedings Against Rahul Gandhi

A petition filed by Advocate Vineet Jindal against Rahul Gandhi alleging that Rahul Gandhi scandalize and disgraced the Judiciary by commenting on the legal system in an interview.

The petition filed under section 15 of the Contempt of the Courts Act, 1971 seeking the criminal contempt action against Mr Rahul Gandhi for his comment over the legal system.Recently Rahul Gandhi made a comment on the judiciary in an interview stating that, “This country has a legal system where one had 100 per cent independence in voicing his/her opinion.

It is very clear that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is inserting its Institutional framework of this country”Attorney General of India K.K. Venugopal responded to this criminal contempt petition filed against Rahul Gandhi for his comment that ruling party is in the centre and has inserted it’s people into judiciary.

K. K. Venugopal responded that he do not have any jurisdiction to grant the consent over this initiation of this criminal contempt proceeding as in this petition there is no comment made in reference to Supreme Court as the statement made a general reference to judiciary.

According to Section 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, the Attorney General has jurisdiction to grant consent for initiation of proceedings for contempt only in respect of contempt of the Supreme Court.Attorney General stated that, “the statements in question are too vague to be said to have lowered the authority of the institution in the eyes of the public”.

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