Contempt plea towards Rajdeep Sardesai for his tweets towards SC

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 10

A petition has been filed within the Supreme Court searching for initiation of felony contempt proceedings towards India Today Consulting Editor and former Editors Guild of India chief Rajdeep Sardesai for allegedly scandalising the judiciary by his tweets towards the courtroom and its judges.

Petitioner Astha Khurana has additionally despatched an software to Attorney General KK Venugopal searching for his consent for the initiation of contempt proceedings towards Sardesai for allegedly disrespecting the Supreme Court.

Venugopal had final month urged the highest courtroom to not punish activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan. He had additionally refused sanction to provoke contempt towards actor Swara Bhaskar over her alleged remarks on the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict, saying her feedback didn’t quantity to assault on the judiciary.

Astha cited a lot of Sardeai’s tweets. In one such tweet posted on August 31 on Prashant Bhushan contempt case, he allegedly stated: “Breaking: Rs 1 token fine imposed by SC on @pbhushan1 in contempt case.. if he doesn’t pay it, then 3 months jail sentence! Clearly, court looking to wriggle out of an embarrassment of its own making.”

Pointing out different feedback by the senior journalist with regard to Prashant Bhushan’s case, the petitioner contends that he “tried to unfold feeling of no confidence on the Hon’ble Court amongst public and even acknowledged the apology by the Hon’ble Court for its latest judgments”.

In one other tweet on August 14, Sardesai allegedly in contrast the Prashant Bhushan case verdict to habeas corpus petitions of individuals detained in Kashmir. In one more tweet he allegedly forged sure aspersions on Justice Arun Mishra who retired on September 2. 

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