Open to SC to initiate suo motu contempt case against Jagan: A-G

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Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal has said it is “open” to the Supreme Court to initiate suo motu contempt proceedings against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy for his October 6 letter to the Chief Justice of India containing allegations against sitting Supreme Court judge N.V. Ramana.

 

Suo Moto

  • A Suo Moto cognizance is a Latin term which means an action taken by a government agency, court or other central authority on their own apprehension. 
  • A court takes a Suo Moto Cognizance of a legal matter when it receives information about the violation of rights or breach of duty through media or a third party’s notification.
  • In India, Article 32 of the Indian Constitution and Article 226 of the Indian Constitution lay down the provisions for filing Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in India in Supreme Court and High Courts respectively. 
  • This has given rise to the court's’ power to initiate legal action on their cognizance of a matter. 
  • Suo Moto’s actions by Indian courts are a reflection of activism by the judiciary and captivated the general public with the speedy delivery of justice by the courts. 
  • Suo Moto cases in India are generally taken up by the Supreme Court. 
  • The Indian Judiciary has been undoubtedly holding the baton for democracy for the past few years. 
  • In numerous instances, different High Courts and the Supreme Court have risen to the occasion by taking cognizance of a legal issue on their own and provided swift justice. 
  • Suo Moto action is when a High Court or Supreme Court on its own take control over the matter or the case.
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