New Delhi, November 28
Attorney General KK Venugopal has declined consent to initiate criminal contempt proceedings against Prashant Bhushan for his recent tweet over Chief Justice of India SA Bobde’s visit to Madhya Pradesh, saying the activist-lawyer has already expressed “regret” for it.
“In these circumstances, do not think that it would be in public interest to give consent for proceeding on the basis of the original tweet in view of the subsequent tweet expressing regret. I accordingly deny consent,” Venugopal said in his November 8 letter addressed to advocate Sunil Singh which became public on Saturday.
Singh, a Supreme Court lawyer, had sought the Attorney General’s consent to initiate contempt proceedings against Bhushan for a tweet connecting “the personal life of CJI SA Bobde with a pending case before him.” — TNS