Bhushan case: SC deal with greater questions


Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 17

The Supreme Court on Monday framed two questions for its consideration in an 11-year-old legal contempt case towards activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan.

Contempt plea towards Swara

Attorney General KK Venugopal’s consent was sought on Monday to provoke legal contempt proceedings towards actress Swara Bhaskar for her alleged “derogatory and scandalous” statements towards the SC on its Ram Janmabhoomi verdict. PTI

The two questions framed by Justice Arun Mishra are: Whether statements on “judicial corruption” may be made in public and below what circumstances they be made; and the process to be adopted if such statements of corruption are made in public towards sitting in addition to retired judges.

On behalf of Bhushan, senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan termed the questions as “very meaningful”. The Bench posted the matter for additional listening to on August 24.

The prime courtroom had on Friday held him responsible of contempt of courtroom for his tweets towards CJI SA Bobde and 4 former CJIs, saying public confidence in courts couldn’t be allowed to be impaired by malicious assaults on them. It will hear arguments on sentence on August 20.

A bunch of retired judges, former bureaucrats, advocates, academics and activists have come out towards the SC verdict convicting Bhushan of contempt of courtroom.

Expressing solidarity with Bhushan, they stated the conviction was not applicable because the tweets had been a bona fide expression of concern relating to the functioning of the Supreme Court and a basic proper of each citizen.



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