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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a plea filed by former judge Markandey Katju seeking the quashing of parliamentary resolutions against him.

A bench comprising of Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur, and justices R. Banumathi and UU Lalit had heard the case and reserved verdict in April. In March 2015, the two Houses of Parliament adopted resolutions condemning Katju’s comments that Mahatma Gandhi was a British agent and Subhash Chandra Bose a Japanese agent.

Katju had moved the apex court arguing that the parliamentary resolutions led to violation of free speech, liberty and caused injury to his reputation. The court had appointed senior advocate Fali S. Nariman as amicus curie (Latin for friend of the court) to assist the judges in deciding whether Parliament can condemn the views voiced by a citizen.

Nariman had told the court that it was Parliament’s prerogative to express its views just as Katju expressed his.

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