Minister will not apologise again in contempt case
Kerala High Court to consider acceptance of Paloli’s earlier statement The court decision came even as the minister announced in the state capital that there was no change in his statement made about courts.
Kerala’s Local Administration Minister Paloli Mohammad Kutty is not keen on tendering a public apology again in the contempt of court case, his counsel M. K. Damodaran informed the Kerala High Court yesterday.
The court subsequently posted the contempt case against the minister to tomorrow to pass orders on whether his earlier unconditional apology should be accepted or rejected.
The court decision came even as the minister announced in the state capital that there was no change in his statement made about the courts.
Paloli said the only mistake he made was generalising the courts and had tendered an apology for that. He said those who defamed the judiciary in 1975 were now arguing for it. The minister also said that he would not defy the court decision in the contempt of court case.
When the case came up before a division bench comprising acting chief justice K.S. Radhakrishanan and justice M.N. Krishnan, Paloli’s counsel pointed to Contempt of Court rules and said if contempt was not admitted by the minister, the court may proceed with framing charges. But before that an order had to be passed as to whether the court accepts or rejects the unconditional apology already made in the court.
Following the submission, the bench adjourned the case to tomorrow for passing the orders.
The bench, which had suo motu launched contempt proceedings against Paloli for allegedly making remarks against the judiciary on January 30 at a public meeting at Kozhikode, had on April 2 declined to drop contempt charges against him.
It had observed that Paloli’s speech was “outrageous”, inflicting a “deep wound” in judicial system and had brought administration of justice to “disrespect” and “disrepute”.
While declining to issue any direction asking him to publicly apologise, the bench had said the minister could mitigate damages done to some extent, if he tendered an unconditional apology in public as the confidence of people in the judicial system had been shaken. In his controversial remarks, Paloli alleged court verdicts hinged on the weight of currency bundles that changed hands in cases.