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Judge seeks contempt action against actor Suriya for remarks on judiciary

Madras HC Closes Suo Motu Criminal Contempt Proceedings against Actor Suriya

Judge seeks contempt action against actor Suriya for remarks on judiciary

On Sunday Madras High Court judge Justice SM Subramaniam wrote a letter to Chief Justice Amreshwar Pratap Sahi looking for contempt proceedings against popular Tamil actor Suriya over his statements about Supreme Court upholding central government’s decision to conduct the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test.

On Sunday, actor Surya made a statement against conducting NEET entrance exams in the country. Surya has been booked for criticizing the country’s courts over the NEET exam.

Justice Subramaniam in his letter said that the view of Suriya amounts to contempt of court as the integrity and dedication of the judges as well as the judicial system is not only demoralized but criticised in bad shape, where there is a threat for the public confidence on the judiciary. He wrote:

“The said statement in my considered opinion amounts to contempt of Court as the integrity and devotion of the Hon’ble Judges as well as the Judicial System of our Great Nation are not only undermined but criticised in a bad shape, wherein there is threat for the public confidence on the Judiciary”.

Three NEET aspirants in Tamil Nadu died by suicide on Saturday, a day before attempting the common entrance test, due to fear and stress. Responding to this, Suriya advised the government to scrap NEET permanently, claiming that it kills the dreams of children from poor families. He advised the society to raise their voice against NEET and asked them not to be silent viewers of student suicides. In his opinion, such statements question the sincerity of the esteemed judges of the country

The statement of Suriya, which was forwarded from his Twitter account, has gone viral on social media platforms, with numerous people applauding the actor for taking a strong standpoint against NEET. “Fearing threat to lives due to Covid-19, judges were dispensing justice via video conferencing, but ordered students to write NEET exam without fear,” he said.

Nearly all political parties in Tamil Nadu have been contrasting NEET and have constantly demanded the central government to scrap the common entrance exam as they rely on; it discriminates against students coming from rural and deprived sections of society.

By Priya Kumari