A practising advocate in Chennai moved the Supreme Court on Saturday for a direction to the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe the incident in which an employee of the Tamil Nadu Government was found videographing proceedings in the Madras High Court on October 4.

Murali Babu, secretary of the Ambattur Bar Association and executive committee member of the Federation of Bar Association of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, in his petition filed through lawyer Harish Kumar, stated that Venkatesan, an Assistant Section Officer in the Home Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu, was found videographing the entire court proceedings using his mobile phone when a special Bench of Justices N. Paul Vasanthakumar and K.N. Basha was hearing a case relating to land grabbing involving a former minister.

Mr. Venkatesan did not have any official reason to be present in court, during his official duty time.

His conduct “is not only undermining the dignity of the High Court but the same is a calculated, motivated attempt to interfere in the course of justice and administration of justice.”

The High Court had initiated suo motu contempt proceedings against him.

However, he said the action of recording the court proceeding by an employee of the government was a clear case of indulging in intimidation of the judiciary.

“It is impossible that an Assistant Section Officer… would have recorded the court proceedings without explicit instructions from the Chief Secretary during his office time. A thorough investigation is required by an independent agency like the CBI to bring out the real reason for the government official to videograph the court proceedings.”

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