The lead petitioner in the Supreme Court case concerning the extra judicial killing of UP gangster Vikas Dubey has filed a contempt petition against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath contending that he has violated the Court’s order by making statements in support of the police encounter. Petitioner, Ghanshyam Upadhyay had sought an SIT probe into the case.
In the plea seeking the initiation of suo motu contempt proceedings against Yogi Adityanath, Upadhyay has registered objection to certain statements in Vikas dubey case made by the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister to the media.
The petitioner has expressed fears that the statements in question made “would prejudice the mind of the people/witnesses, who with the result, are likely to refrain from giving evidence against the State/its functionary which includes Shri Adityanath Yogi as well, as Vikas dubey himself is alleged to be main person involved in the killing of six accused under the guise of police encounters.”
Urging the top Court to initiate suo motu contempt proceedings against Yogi Adityanath, the petitioner has stated that if such statements go unpunished, it would “undermine the authority and majesty of the highest court of the country, is bound to breed contempt for law and would encourage lawlessness and every man would have tendency to become law unto himself thereby leading to anarchism.”
As per Upadhyay, the statement made by UP CM Yogi Adityanath tantamounts to a challenge and a defiance of the authority and majesty of the Supreme Court, which lowers the dignity and image of the Court in the public eye.