Taking strong exception to Opposition Leader V S Achuthanandan’s denigrating remarks against it, the Kerala High Court on Monday observed that he should “find some other way to get applauds of the people; it should not be at the expense of the court.”
Terming Achuthanandan’s statements ‘playing to the gallery’, Justice Harun ul Rashid made the oral observation while counsel for the petitioners in Kadakampally land grab case pointed out the derogatory remarks made against the judiciary by some senior politicians.
“Achuthanandan and his men should know that the court is afraid of none and lenient to none. He should not play to the gallery, when he sees a crowd. There is no point in saying that he is old,” the court observed.
Counsel for petitioner Dinesh R Shenai submitted that some unwanted comments were made in political circles denigrating the court after it ordered a Vigilance probe against the government officials in the case. During his visit to the disputed land at Kadakampally, Achuthanandan had said that the court which is considering land grab cases involving Salim Raj, was afraid to speak about the Chief Minister’s role in the scam. The courts were stepping back as though before a serpent bite whenever the name of CM comes up in connection with the scam.