Murmu told to explain burning of court effigy

Ranchi, Jan. 10: Jharkhand High Court today directed Jharkhand Disom Party chief Salkhan Murmu and other tribal activists arraigned in a contempt proceeding to file affidavits and explain their conduct in burning the court's effigy while protesting acquisition of land by the state in Nagri for setting up a law school.

A division bench of Justices D.N. Patel and D.N. Upadhyay were hearing the contempt case against Murmu and activists Sonaram Soren, Sumitra Murmu, Dayamani Barla, Rajendra Kant Mahto and Akash Tudu.

The bench in an oral observation said that disrespect to the high court is a contravention of the fundamental duty enshrined on all citizens by the Constitution. The court is a creation of the Constitution and all should honour and respect it, the judges said.

The Constitution casts a duty on all to respect the institutions that are created by it. Any action that undermines the dignity of the institution cannot be appreciated, the bench said. The case will again be heard on February 22.