No apology, take again order: Bhushan to SC

Satya Prakash

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 24

Activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan on Monday refused to apologise for his contemptuous tweets scandalising the judiciary and requested the Supreme Court to recall its August 14 order convicting him of contempt of courtroom.

In a recent assertion filed within the prime courtroom, a defiant Bhushan stated an insincere apology would quantity to “contempt of my conscience and of an institution that I hold in highest esteem”.

An apology for expression of beliefs, conditional or unconditional, could be insincere, Bhushan stated in a two-page assertion filed within the courtroom.

Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, representing Bhushan, urged the courtroom to recall its conviction order. “There should not be any attempt to coerce the contemnor into making on apology on the basis that nothing else would be acceptable.”

Dhavan stated Bhushan’s feedback had been opinion made in good religion based on true information, including comparable opinions had been made earlier than as was demonstrated by Attorney General KK Venugopal, who too had urged the courtroom to not punish Bhushan.

Dhavan sought to focus on the truth that within the current controversy, comparable feedback had been made by Justices Lokur, Kurian Joseph and AP Shah, apart from veteran journalist Arun Shourie and others within the public and reported by the media. “It would follow that they were all in contempt,” Dhavan submitted.

The prime courtroom had on August 20 granted time until August 24 to Bhushan to rethink his “defiant statement” refusing to apologise. The matter is to be heard at the moment.

Bhushan stated he believed the Supreme Court was the final bastion of hope for the safety of elementary rights, the watchdog establishments and certainly for constitutional democracy itself. He faces easy imprisonment of as much as six months or with a nice of as much as Rs 2,000, or each.

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