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 topic : Why was a YouTuber sent to prison for alleging corruption in the judiciary? #IndiaNEWS On Thursday, the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court found YouTuber Savukku Shankar guilty of criminal contempt

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Why was a YouTuber sent to prison for alleging corruption in the judiciary? #IndiaNEWS
On Thursday, the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court found YouTuber Savukku Shankar guilty of criminal contempt of court and sentenced him to six months imprisonment. Criminal contempt is defined as actions or words that obstruct the administration of justice or scandalise the court.Shankar, in his articles and interviews, had alleged corruption in the higher judiciary. The court took cognisance of these statements suo moto – which is to say without prompting from another day – and said that these were likely to lower the dignity of courts and judges.However, his conviction has been met with mixed reactions. While some lawyers believe that Shankar deserved to be held guilty for contempt, others feel that the Madras High Court overreacted. Many also said that one of the judges on the bench, Justice GR Swaminathan, should not have presided over the case since one of Shankar’s corruption allegations was directed at him. Cases against ShankarOn July 18, Shankar alleged on social media that Justice GR Swaminathan had been influenced while deciding a case for a Youtuber named Maridhas, a well-known critic of Tamil Nadu’s ruling party, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. In December, Swaminathan quashed two criminal cases against the YouTuber for alleging a conspiracy in the death of Chief of...Read more


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