New Delhi | The Supreme Court today sentenced Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) leader of Kerala M V Jayarajan to four weeks jail term for his derogatory remarks against a High Court judge.
While upholding the Kerala High Court order, the apex court, however, reduced his punishment from six months to four weeks’ against the CPM leader.
The top court granted him bail after he served a week’s term in jail. The only relief that the two-time former CPI-M legislator from Kannur got was that the apex court had reduced the sentence from six months to four weeks.
Mr Jayarajan was earlier sentenced to six-month jail in November 2011 by the Kerala High Court for contempt of court.
Challenging the order of the Kerala High Court, Mr Jayarajan had moved the Supreme Court for relief.
He has also been asked to pay a fine of Rs 2,000. He had called the Judge ‘shumbhan’ (Malayalam for idiot) during a public speech in Kannur in June 2010, in the wake of the court’s ban on roadside public meetings.
A Kannur report adds:
M V Jayarajan today said he was ready to go to jail as a Communist worker. Talking to newsmen, he said ‘ I am going to jail for upholding people’s rights and not on any bribe or cheating case.’ He said his comment was not against judges but only against judgements which he thought were improved.
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