KK Venugopal, Attorney General of India, stated that he has known Former Justice Markandey Katju for 16 years owing to which he should be dealing with the contempt of court matters initiated against him.
Mr. Alakh Alok Srivastava, a Supreme Court lawyer, had written a letter to the Attorney General on 1st March, 2021, in which he stated that the Former Justice had made “extremely contemptuous” remarks and should be held in contempt of court.
To quote the reply of the Attorney General:
“I have gone through your application for consent to initiate proceedings for criminal contempt against Justice (rtd.) Markandey Katju. I have to point out that I have known Justice Katju for the last about 16 years and we have been interacting with each other ever since. In this background it is not appropriate that I deal with the matter. I am bringing your notice Explanation (a) to Section 15(3) which empowers either the Attorney General or Solicitor General of India to grant consent for initiating criminal contempt proceedings if deemed fit. If so advised, you may file your application for consent before the Solicitor General of India, Sh. Tushar Mehta.”