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Advocate Prashant Bhushan held guilty for Contempt of Court by the Apex Court For His Tweets [READ JUDGMENT]

Lawstreet Journal 18 Aug 2020 12:24am

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Advocate Prashant Bhushan held guilty for Contempt of Court by the Apex Court For His Tweets [READ JUDGMENT]

The Supreme Court on Friday (14th August 2020) held Advocate Prashant Bhushan guilty for contempt of court in the suo moto contempt case for his tweets criticizing the judiciary. A three-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra,while emphasizing on the right of fair criticism said, “If a citizen bonafidely exceeds the right in the public interest, this Court would be slow in exercising the contempt jurisdiction and show magnanimity. However, when such a statement is calculated in order to malign the image of judiciary, the Court would not remain a silent spectator”.

Prashant Bhushan, in his 142-pages reply, stated that criticizing Chief Justice per se does not scandalize or lower the authority of the Court. He added that the Chief Justice of India is not the Court, andthat criticizing the conduct of the CJI does not amount to scandalizing or lowering the authority of the Court. While citing various precedents, interviews and articles of eminent persons in the legal fraternity, he stated the his tweets were made in good faith and the same cannot be considered as contempt of court.

On July 22nd, the Supreme Court had issued notice to the Advocate in a suo motu contempt plea filed by Advocate Mehak Maheshwari. The plea had sought cognizance of contempt of court against Bhushan for two of his tweets. The first tweet was posted on June 27th, 2020 where the Advocate made comments on a picture of CJI SA Bobde on an expensive motorcycle, whereas in his second tweet, dated June 29th, 2020,… Continue Reading...

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