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Prashant Bhushan Contempt Case comes to close; SC imposes Rs.1 fine for his critical tweets on the judiciary

Lawstreet Journal 4 Sep 2020 12:12am

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The Supreme Court on Monday (August 31, 2020) fined senior advocate Prashant Bhushan of Re 1 in the contempt case for the tweets made by Mr. Bhushan on the judiciary. The decision was taken on August 25 by the court, after hearing numerous arguments wherein Bhushan refused to apologize for his remarks.

The bench of Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai, and Krishna Murari pronounced the judgment. The bench provided that the senior lawyer will be imprisoned for three months and will be debarred from practicing for three years if he defaults on the payment of the penalty. Bhushan was instructed to pay the fine by September 15.

Mishra cited the top court’s precedents to highlight that the in-house procedure should be approached for corruption allegations against judges. “Judges are not supposed to go to the press, their comments outside the court should not have been relied on,” Mishra said.

Mishra added that multiple opportunities were also given to Bhushan to express regret over his remarks. “He [Bhushan] not only gave wide publicity to the second statement but also gave various interviews to press,” the Apex court bench said, “We have considered the sane advice given by the Attorney General, and have concluded that the conduct of present contemnor also needs to be taken into consideration.”

The top court said that Bhushan’s statement, in which he said that offering an apology for his constructive criticism of the judiciary would amount to the “contempt of his conscience”, was made to “influence independent judicial function”. The court… Continue Reading...

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