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SC Serves Notice to Advocate Prashant Bhushan Over Contemptuous Tweets Against The CJI, Judiciary

Lawstreet Journal 24 Jul 2020 6:07pm

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday initiated contempt proceedings against activist and lawyer Prashant Bhushan over two of his tweets that he posted on June 27 and June 29th, 2020. The court said that these had “brought the administration of justice in disrepute”.

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Arun Mishra, B.R. Gavai, and Krishna Murari issued a notice for contempt of court to activist and lawyer Prashant Bhushan to respond by August 5.

In a June 27 tweet, Bhushan had speculated on what future historians might say about the Supreme Court’s role – especially during the terms of last four Chief Justices of India – in the destruction of democracy in contemporary India, where he said an undeclared Emergency has been in force. 

His second tweet, on June 29, Bhushan posted a photograph of CJI S.A. Bobde sitting on a Harley Davidson motorcycle in Pune along with the following text:

“CJI rides a 50 Lakh motorcycle belonging to a BJP leader at Raj Bhavan Nagpur, without a mask or helmet, at a time when he keeps the SC in Lockdown mode denying citizens their fundamental right to access justice!”

The bench also issued notice to Attorney General KK Venugopal and sought a reply from Twitter Incorporated, USA. It directed that the matter be listed again for hearing on August 5.

The registration of the suo motu contempt case against Prashant Bhushan stems from a petition filed by Mahek Maheshwari, an advocate based at Guna in Madhya Pradesh, seeking contempt action against both… Continue Reading...

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