Contempt proceedings towards Bhushan initiated on plea by lawyer, not by itself

New Delhi, July 29

The contempt proceedings towards activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan for his alleged tweets towards the judiciary have been initiated by the Supreme Court after taking “suo motu cognizance” of a petition of an advocate and never by itself, an apex court docket supply stated.

Referring to media studies on the contempt proceedings within the case, the official supply quoted the ‘Rules to Regulate Proceedings for Contempt of the Supreme Court, 1975’ and stated if a petition for the legal contempt is made by an individual then it ought to have the written consent of both the Attorney General (AG) or the Solicitor General (SG).

A Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra, on July 22, had issued discover to Bhushan on the contempt proceedings initiated towards him for his alleged derogatory tweets towards the judiciary, saying his statements prima facie “brought the administration of justice in disrepute”.

Distinguishing amongst varied features of contempt proceedings, the official stated that truly a lawyer named Anuj Saxena had filed the petition on behalf of an individual with the apex court docket’s registry and because the plea was not accompanied with the consent letter of both AG or SG, a prerequisite for submitting the legal contempt, the matter was put up earlier than the court docket in its administrative aspect.

Later, the Bench took the matter on judicial aspect and after paying attention to the factual scenario, sought the opinion of Attorney Genral Ok Ok Venugopal as required below the procedural guidelines, he stated.

The apex court docket took suo motu cognizance of the contempt petition of a lawyer and never by itself as reported in some information studies, he stated. PTI

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