The Delhi High Court on Monday decided to proceed ex-parte against scientist Anand Ranganathan, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri, news outlet Swarajya magazine and others in a suo motu criminal contempt petition initiated over their comments alleging bias on the part of its former judge, Justice S Muralidhar..A Division Bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Amit Sharma came to the decision after noting that despite issuance of a fresh court notice in May, no one has appeared for them..Even in May, the Court had observed that no one had appeared for the trio in the last few hearings. The Bench had then said that it is in the interest of justice that adverse orders are deferred.“None appears on behalf of remaining respondents despite service of notice. The said respondents are accordingly proceeded ex-parte,” the Court ordered today.The case will now be heard on March 16. .The criminal contempt petition was initiated against Agnihotri, Ranganathan, Swarajya and others after Senior Advocate Rajshekhar Rao wrote a letter to then Chief Justice Rajendra Menon, pointing to an article retweeted by RSS ideologue S Gurumurthy alleging bias on the part of Justice Muralidhar.Gurumurthy had penned the article after the judge passed an order setting aside the transit remand order against activist Gautam Navlakha in October 2018.The article was published in a blog called Drishtikone by one Desh Kapoor. He later tendered an apology to the Court in August 2019, and was consequently dropped as a party.Gurumurthy was dropped as a respondent in the matter after he offered to retweet the unconditional apology tendered by Kapoor.The case against Agnihotri, Ranganathan and several others is still going on.