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Petition in SC seeking initiation of suo motu contempt against AIMPLB

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New Delhi: A letter petition, addressed to Chief Justice SA Bobde, seeks initiation of a suo motu contempt petition against All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) in connection with a tweet which allegedly lowered the dignity of the Supreme Court.

The letter has been written by advocate Vinay Vats, over a tweet published by AIMPLB on its official twitter handle dated August 4. It reads: “#Babri Masjid was and will always be a Masjid. #HagiaSophia is a great example for us. Usurpation of the land by an unjust, oppressive, shameful and majority appeasing judgment can’t change its status. No need to be heartbroken. Situations don’t last forever.”

Chief Justice SA Bobde
Chief Justice SA Bobde

The petitioner has submitted: “The said statement made by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) not only scandalizes this Hon’ble Court, but it also issued a veiled threat by invoking Hagia Sofia which was recently converted to a mosque in Turkey.”

It has been submitted that the remarks made by the contemnor are not in good faith and tries to assail the dignity of the court and undermine its authority.

Moreover, though the Constitution has given its citizens right to freedom of speech and expression, it has also given certain powers to the Judiciary to guard against the misuse of the same, to prevent the right to freedom of speech and expression being so exercised that it damages the dignity of the Courts or interferes with the ‘administration of justice’.

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The petitioner has also informed that he has filed a contempt petition before the Supreme Court, but the same is lying under defect and is awaiting a response from the Solicitor General for a sanction letter.

– India Legal Bureau

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