HC drops contempt proceedings against MP

D B Chandregowda, BJP leader and Member of Parliament, on Tuesday tendered his apology in contempt proceedings against him in the High Court of Karnataka.

“The report in one of the newspapers is twisted and distorted. No other newspaper has reported such a statement. My statement that day has relation only to certain actions of the Governor and not in respect of the Court or judiciary,” the Bangalore North MP said in his affidavit.

N K Sudhindra Rao, the Special Lokayukta Court judge and C M Dhanajaya, the chairperson of the Congress Legal and Human Rights Cell had written to the Registrar General of the High Court on the “adverse comments” of Chandregowda on the judiciary.

The High Court on January 31, 2012 ordered issue of a contempt notice to the MP.

Gowda, in his affidavit, has stated that the statements had been erroneously attributed to him.

“I regret the same and tender an unconditional apology and pray the Court to drop proceedings against me,” it said.

The Lok Sabha member said he was a Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs in the Government of Karnataka and had the highest respect for the judiciary and court.

The Division Bench headed by Justice Bhaktavatsala dropped the contempt proceedings against Gowda.

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