The Allahabad high court on Saturday suspended a judge of Mahoba in Jhansi district who had slapped sedition charges in October on finance minister Arun Jaitley for criticising the Supreme Court’s verdict on the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC).
The HC suspended the civil judge, Ankit Goel, for irregularities and acting beyond his jurisdiction.
A five-judge constitution bench of the the Supreme Court on 16 October had struck down the 99th amendment and the NJAC Act as unconstitutional and void, restoring the collegium system for appointment of judges to the higher judiciary.
The court also sought suggestions from the bar for the improved functioning of the collegium system.
Taking suo motu cognizance of Jaitley’s criticism of SC verdict, Ankit Goel had summoned him to be present before him in November.
Goel had also, in August last year, issued summons to Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for his purported comment that allegations of gang rape could often be fabricated.
According to a Times of India report, the high court quashed sedition charges against Jaitley and dismissed summons issued by Goel seeking Mulayam’s personal appearance in his court.
Goel in his order had said the finance minister’s blog ‘Indian democracy cannot be a tyranny of the unelected’ prima facie amounted to sedition under Section 124A as well as causing public mischief under Section 505 of Indian Penal Code.