Justice N Anand Venkatesh of the Madras High Court on Friday refused to take contempt of court action against Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) organisation secretary RS Bharathi and others who criticised him for reviewing the acquittal and discharge of three sitting DMK Ministers in disproportionate assets cases against them..“Those who cannot tolerate criticism are unfit to hold public office,” Justice Venkatesh said after a Advocate R Krishnamurthy urged him to take action against Bharathi. The lawyer argued that by criticising the judge and alleging mala fides behind the suo motu revision proceedings, the DMK member had acted in contempt of court..“Let anyone talk anything. I know that I have been acting true to my conscience. I am sitting in this office consciously and performing my duties, knowing very well that I would get brickbats, too, for the work I do; but that will never prevent me from working effectively as a judge of this Court,” Justice Venkatesh said in open court.“Only I know whether I have acted true to my conscience or not. Others can give multiple interpretations, this way or that way. I will not get into all those things because I have a better job to do, which is to take care of the last litigant standing before this Court. I am more concerned about that; I am not concerned about anything else,” the judge went on to say in Tamil..Justice Venkatesh is also the portfolio judge for cases against Members of Parliament and Legislative Assembly (MPs and MLAs). He had initiated a suo motu revision of the acquittal of Tamil Nadu Higher Education Minister K Ponmudi and his wife, as well as the discharge of State Finance and Revenue ministers Thangam Thennarasu and KSSR Ramachandran in cases of disproportionate assets against them.After going through the orders of the special courts that acquitted Ponmudi and accepted closure reports, thus discharging Thennarasu and Ramachandran, Justice Venkatesh had said that the courts, the defence and the prosecution in these cases seemingly worked in tandem to protect the accused Ministers..After the verdict, Bharathi while addressing the press had accused the judge of following a “pick and choose policy” by taking up revision of cases related to DMK ministers only.