Though it ruled that there would be no contempt proceedings against Suriya for his comments on judiciary in his statement against NEET, the Madras High Court said the actor’s comments “unnecessary and unwarranted”.
“The utterances by the cine actor are unnecessary and unwarranted for being ignorant of the manner in which the entire judiciary of this state has served the interest of it’s citizens he state has been serving during this pandemic ….” the court said.
Recently, soon after Suriya’s statement, Justice SM Subramaniam said the actor was in contempt of court over his comments on four candidates of NEET who died by suicide recently in Tamil Nadu.
Justice Balasubramaniam wrote to the Madras HC Chief Justice: “The said statement in my considered opinion amounts to contempt of court as the integrity and devotion of the Hon’ble Judges as well as the Judicial System of our Great Nation are not only undermined but criticised in a bad shape, wherein there is a threat for the public confidence on the Judiciary.”
“The statement reveals that the Hon’ble Judges are afraid of their own life and rendering justice through video conferencing. While- so, they have no morale to pass orders directing the students to appear for NEET Exam without fear,” he added.
Meanwhile, Suriya reacted to the court’s decision by posting “I’m deeply moved by the institutional magnanimity of the Indian Judiciary. I have always held out judiciary in the highest esteem, which is the only hope for upholding the constitutional rights of our people. I’m humbled and inspired by the fairness and justice demonstrated by the Hon’ble High Court of Madras.”