SC lets off prof in contempt; takes note of his mental state
By Team Legistify / 2017-07-16

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The Supreme Court has set aside the Madhya Pradesh High Court order awarding three months jail to a professor for contempt for casting aspersions on some HC judges, saying he was not in a “proper frame of mind”.

The court said professor Lavit Rawtani, who teaches Information Technology at Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal (MANIT), cannot be held responsible for his actions as he was not in the right frame of mind.

A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar passed the order after perusing a report submitted by the Board of Doctors which concluded that he was “suffering from chronic schizophrenia and needs regular psychiatric treatment”.

The apex court had on May 4 accepted the plea of the professor’s wife, who pleaded in person before the court that her husband was schizophrenic and “not fit and stable”.

The top court had also stayed the arrest and detention order of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.

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