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CHENNAI: A contempt of court petition, filed against Dravidar Kazhagam general secretary K. Veeramani, was dismissed by the Madras High Court as not being maintainable.

A Division Bench comprising Justices P.D. Dinakaran and P.P.S. Janarthana Raja dismissed the plea, stating that the issue relating to a reported remark made by a judge of the court should be given a quietus.

The matter relates to an article written by Mr. Veeramani, and a subsequent agitation, demanding regret from Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya for his reported remarks against top State Election Commission officials on October 17, when a batch of petitions seeking repoll in all 155 wards in Chennai Corporation came up for hearing.

In his submissions on Monday, G. Rajendran contended that the agitation was nothing but a serious threat to the independence of the judiciary and therefore would amount to contempt of court.

Mr. Veeramani, who chose to "voluntarily appear in court by taking notice of news" about the petition, said he intended to uphold the human dignity and self-respect of every individual, which is protected under the Constitution.

Ruling that the contempt petition was not maintainable in law, the Bench said, "we also make it clear that there is no need to have much ado about the issue, said to have been taken place on October 17 as published in the media, as there cannot be any second opinion that human dignity and self-respect of every individual has to be upheld and the spirit of democracy should be maintained by mutual respect between all three wings of the State."

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