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Prashant Bhushan’s Tweets which were the Cause of Contempt as per the SC, Withheld by Twitter

Lawstreet Journal 26 Jul 2020 5:47pm

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On Saturday, 25 July 2020, Twitter withheld two tweets of Prashant Bhushan dated 27 June 2020 and 29 June 2020 over which the Supreme Court of India issued him a notice for the contempt of court.

The tweets are not viewable and are hidden with the message “This tweet from @pbhushan1 has been withheld in India in response to a legal demand” 

On Thursday, 23 July 2020, Justice Arun Mishra, who was the presiding judge on the bench of three judges, had verbally asked Twitter India’s Counsel, Senior Advocate Sajan Poovayya, as to why Twitter had not taken down the tweets despite the SC initiating contempt proceedings over it. 

The Senior Counsel responded that Twitter did not defend Bhushan’s tweets and that the appropriate steps will be taken in that regard. 

The Supreme Court of India, while issuing notice to Prashant Bhushan over this matter, stated the prima facie view that the tweets of Prashant Bhushan “have brought the administration of justice in disrepute and are capable of undermining the dignity and authority of the Institution of Supreme Court in general and the office of the Chief Justice of India in particular, in the eyes of the public at large” 

In June this year, Mr. Bhushan alleged the judiciary had a hand in dealing with damage to democracy. On 27 June 2020, Prashant Bhushan accused the Supreme Court of playing a part in the "destruction of India's democracy" in the last six years. 

He tweeted, “When historians in the future look back at the last 6… Continue Reading...

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