Ponmudy case: HC judge not to recuse

In a recent development in the Madras High Court, Justice Anand Venkatesh has chosen not to recuse himself from overseeing the suo motu revision petition against Minister K Ponmudy. The Judge defended his stance by asserting that such suo motu revisions serve the crucial purpose of preserving the integrity of the criminal justice system.
The case revolves around Minister K Ponmudy’s acquittal from a disproportionate assets case. While the acquittal raised eyebrows, it also prompted Justice Venkatesh to initiate a suo motu revision petition.
The judge’s primary argument for not stepping down from the case is that suo motu revisions are vital tools to ensure that the streams of criminal justice remain pure and untainted.