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Jallikattu contempt plea over SC judge (Trying to shutdown IndiaFacts)

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  1. Tejasmk3

    Tejasmk3 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

    Oct 22, 2016
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    Jallikattu contempt plea over SC judge
    The Supreme Court has decided to consider a plea for contempt proceedings against some pro-jallikattu activists for spreading insinuations against one of its own sitting judges in the row over the bull-taming sport.

    The plea was filed by an NGO, Compassion Unlimited Plus, yesterday. The NGO has also complained to a bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra about a recent notice issued by Madras High Court to a former Supreme Court judge, Justice (Retd) K.S. Radhakrishnan, for accepting an award from People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta). Justice Radhakrishnan had passed the historic 2014 judgment banning jallikattu on a plea by Peta.

    During a hearing yesterday, Justice Misra asked senior counsel Sidharth Luthra, appearing for Compassion Unlimited Plus, to file a "formal petition" on the allegations and said the court would then examine them.

    The judge gave the assurance after Luthra, a former additional solicitor-general, placed clippings from a blog, "IndiaFacts". The blogger accused one of the sitting judge of the Supreme Court - who earlier worked in Madras High Court - of communal bias by passing certain adverse orders against bullock cart races in Tamil Nadu's Ramanathapuram in 2006.

    The blog claimed the campaign against jallikattu and other traditional Indian festivals were part of a larger "evangelical" plan termed "Project Thessalonica" that "systematically aims to attack Hindu festivals and institutions". "Tamil Nadu is a major battleground for the Church where it is has been able to establish deep institutional control. The battle for jallikattu has to be seen in that light (sic)," the blog clippings placed in the top court said.

    It further alleged that "Project Thessalonica aims to stop or limit Hindu activity by converting people, who form the pillars of Hindu culture, festivals, traditions and activity". "This is one reason native festivals have always been attacked as part of establishing Christian dominance," the blog states.

    Initially, the apex court wanted to brush aside the clippings but Luthra pleaded that not only some baseless allegations were made against a sitting judge but a notice had also been issued to former judge Radhakrishnan by Madras High Court.

    According to Luthra, a two-judge bench of the high court had issued the notice on February 2 on a petition filed by one Salai Chakrapani seeking a directive to the former judge to return the Peta "Man of the Year" award.

    Justice Radhakrishnan was given the award in 2015 for his contribution towards protection of animals. In May 2014, a Supreme Court bench of Justices Radhakrishnan and P.C. Ghose had banned jallikattu.

    According to Chakrapani, Peta and several other animal rights activists were petitioners before the bench of Justice Radhakrishan, who had authored the 2014 judgment. Chakrapani contended that a former judge could not accept an award from an organisation in whose favour the verdict was delivered.
  2. Schwifty

    Schwifty 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

    Dec 3, 2016
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    Project Thessalonica,seems to have been real rather than a conspiracy theory.


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