Vivek Agnihotri tenders "Unconditional Apology" before Delhi HC for remarks against Justice Muralidhar

Vivek Agnihotri tenders "Unconditional Apology" before Delhi HC for remarks against Justice Muralidhar

On December 6, film director Vivek Agnihotri expressed an unconditional apology to the Delhi High Court for remarks he made about former Delhi High Court judge and current Chief Justice of Orissa High Court, Justice S Muralidhar, in relation to the judge's order quashing the order of house arrest and transit remand of activist Gautam Navlakha in the Bhima Koregaon case.

A division bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Talwant Singh granted Agnihotri's application for permission to appear and participate in the suo motu proceedings. This follows the court's previous order to proceed ex parte against Agnihotri, Swarajya news portal, and Anand Ranganathan.

It, therefore, postponed the hearing after recording Agnihotri's counsel's submission that the film director remain personally available for the next hearing on March 16, 2023 to tender his apology.

"We are asking him (Agnihotri) to remain present because he is the contemnor. Does he have any difficulty if he has to express remorse in person? The remorse cannot always be expressed by way of an affidavit," the Court remarked.
During today's hearing, the court was informed by the amicus curiae that there is a discrepancy between Agnihotri's affidavit and Twitter's response.

According to the amicus curiae, while Agnihotri claimed that he removed the tweets, Twitter responded that the tweets were removed by the microblogging platform.

Agnihotri's attorney stated in court that he will follow the appropriate instructions regarding the date on which the tweets were blocked.
The case has been rescheduled for March 16, 2023.

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