Adv. Aires Rodrigues has today urged the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court Mohit Shah to initiate Contempt of Court proceedings against Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Parrikar for his blatant public contemptuous outburst made against the Judiciary last night.
In a letter to Chief Justice Mohit Shah today, Adv. Rodrigues has drawn the attention of the High Court to the statements made by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar while addressing a public function held at Kala Academy in Panaji yesterday which was very largely attended. A copy of the newspaper reports covering the Chief Minister’s statements have also been sent to the Chief Justice.
Stating that he happened to be at the function, Adv. Rodrigues has in his letter stated that he was aghast to hear the virtual verbal onslaught on the Judiciary by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar
Adv. Rodrigues has further stated that as an officer of the Court it pained him immensely that he had to silently hear the statements of the Chief Minister which tended to scandalize and lower the authority of the Court.
Stating that the Chief Minister had ought to know where to draw the line and respect other wings of democracy, Adv. Rodrigues has accused Manohar Parrikar of attempting to use a political platform to incite the masses against the Judiciary.
Adv. Rodrigues has in his letter further drawn Chief Justice Mohit Shah’s attention that in 2003 the Bombay High Court at Panaji had accepted the apology tendered by Manohar Parrikar who was also Chief Minister then, on a petition seeking institution of suo moto contempt proceeding in connection with the alleged observations then made by Manohar Parrikar about the “judges”.
A division bench comprising of Justice F I Rebello and Justice P V Hardas, while accepting the apology tendered and disposing the contempt petition against Manohar Parrikar had observed, “We may only point out that democracy survives only in those countries where the rule of law prevails and the judiciary is acknowledged as the sentinel for guarding citizens rights. To further this constitutional objective constitutional functionaries must accept the role cast on the judiciary in the Constitution and seek to strengthen it.”
Stating that the High Court’s message had not gone down the line and the apology then tendered was merely superficial and not genuine, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that it was now clear that there had been no change in mind or in the attitude of Manohar Parrikar.
Adv. Rodrigues has in his letter to the Chief Justice also stated that attempts to brow beat the judiciary into public humiliation by none less than the Chief Minister of the State was a sad reflection of the respect for the Courts and the Constitution of India.