Meaning : Suo moto?

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What does 'suo moto' mean and how to use it?

I came across this sentence in today's newspaper :
The Chief Minister, Jayalalita, making a SUO MOTO(in italics) statement in the assembly...
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Hello Bypraveen

It means 'on his own initiative'.

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Dear Mrp,

Is this word archaic? Even I couldn't find it in the Webster.
Hello BV

Archaic in one sense: it's Latin!

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Thank you MrP
Anonymous:
The origin is supposed to be Sanskrit- 'Suo Moto' means 'Swa Mut'. Self Opinion'- (I think/feel so!').

It almost coincides with the earlier meaning- 'on his own initiative'.
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bvpraveen What does 'suo moto' mean and how to use it?I came across this sentence in today's newspaper :The Chief Minister, Jayalalita, making a SUO MOTO(in italics) statement in the assembly...
'suo moto' in Indian legal parlence is distortion of Latin phrase ' suo motu' which in English means : By its own motion or its on accord. For example, Prime Minister this morning made a suo moto statement about Coalgate in Lok Sabha. Or, Dehli High Court passed a suo moto order for the police to investigate and report further details of the incident of a skirmish between two communities as reported in today's Times of India. As a conjecture it is notable that 'motu' in Hindi is a prejoretive word for someone obese.

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bvpraveen What does 'suo moto' mean and how to use it? I came across this sentence in today's newspaper : The Chief Minister, Jayalalita, making a SUO MOTO(in italics) statement in the assembly...
after taking suo moto cognisance of the news report
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