No contempt proceedings against S Gurumurthy: Tamil Nadu Advocate General

Vijay Narayan does not grant consent for initiating criminal contempt proceedings against the editor of the Thuglak Magazine. The matter came into the limelight when S Gurumurthy made derogatory remarks concerning the High Court during an event conducted in January 2020.

Vijay Narayan does not grant consent for initiating criminal contempt proceedings against the editor of the Thuglak Magazine. The matter came into the limelight when S Gurumurthy made derogatory remarks concerning the High Court during an event conducted in January 2020. 

Further, Advocate S Doraiswamy pushed for initiating such proceedings based on the allegation that S Gurumurthy dropped a comment that undermined the High Court judges and termed them ‘dishonest’ and ‘meritless’ at a speech delivered in January. To this, AG Narayan viewed that the statement made by S Gurumurthy was merely an impromptu response to a question asked during the session. And as per AG, there is no legal standing for criminal contempt against the editor. 

On scrutinizing the speech given by S Gurumurthy, AG Narayan concluded that the remarks produced by S Gurumurthy merely indicated the systematic flaws and delays in the enquiry, investigation, legal process etc. and did not intend to tarnish the court or the Judiciary. 

Lastly, AG said that S Gurumurthy made a regretful expression on the same over Twitter and clarified that the statement uttered was an accident and made in a haste manner. With this, the AG remarked that criminal contempt against S Gurumurthy, not be made.