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Tamilnadu News

After BJP leader Raja apologies, High Court closes contempt case against him

Covai Post Network

Chennai : Tamil Nadu senior BJP leader H Raja on Monday tendered an unconditional apology to the Madras High Court for making allegedly derogatory remarks against the judiciary. The court had issued notices to Raja after he abused the judiciary during an altercation with policemen at Pudukottai during a Lord Ganesha procession matter.

His utterances on September 15 vent viral and all day long were played out on television channels in which the BJP leader could be seen daring the judiciary and the police to take action against him. After the commotion he and his followers created at Meyyapuram in Pudukottai, police filed an FIR against him for preventing the implementation of a Madras High Court order.

Raja, who has had courted similar controversies in the past, was booked for criminal intimidation, intent to cause riot and attempt to cause public nuisance.

On Monday, the BJP leader tendered an unconditional apology to the Madras High Court for his unintentional remarks against the judiciary. In view of his apology, the court said that when the contemnor has apologised for his act, it is appropriate to close the contempt plea. The majesty of the court lies in its magnanimity, the court observed closing the matter.

Earlier, Raja submitted to the court that “those words were uttered in a highly agitated state of mind. It was purely unintentional. I was in an emotional state. Only after watching the video did I realise that it was wrong. I tender my unconditional apology for the same.”

Raja had appeared in person before the bench comprising Justice CT Selvam and M Nirmal Kumar.