SC stays contempt proceedings against Jacob Thomas, asks Kerala HC not to be “touchy”
The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Kerala High Court in the case filed by IPS officer Jacob Thomas challenging the Kerala High Court’s decision to intiate suo motu contempt proceedings against him.
The High Court had intitiated contempt proceedings against Thomas after the latter had filed a complaint to the Central Vigilance Commissioner alleging that Justices P Ubaid and Abraham Mathew and Lokayukta Pius C Kuriakose were victimising him to prevent his probe into various corruption cases. Thomas had alleged that many judgements by the two judges had demoralised him and constrained officials of the Vigilance Department. Read more here.
Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave appeared for Thomas and submitted that Thomas’ statements were not against the judges but against the system as such. The prosecution, Thomas alleged, was not pursuing high profile cases of corruption.
The Supreme Court observed that Thomas’ statements may not amount to contempt and he was only attempting to reform the system. The Bench of Justices A.K.Sikri and Ashok Bhushan also observed that the High Court should not be so ‘touchy’.
The Court thereafter issued notice to the Kerala High Court while staying the contempt proceedings against Thomas.
Read the order below: