New Delhi, August 20
The Supreme Court on Thursday gave 4 days to Prashant Bhushan to rethink his assertion within the contempt case in opposition to him even because the defiant activist-lawyer stated he wasn’t asking for mercy.
A 3-judge Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra, which had convicted Bhushan of contempt of court docket on August 14 for his tweets in opposition to CJI SA Bobde and the final 4 CJIs, rejected Bhushan’s plea to defer arguments on sentence.
It was not impressed by senior counsel Dushyant Dave’s argument on Bhushan’s behalf that “heavens are not going to fall if the hearing on quantum of sentence is deferred”.
The Bench additionally turned down his request for arguments on sentence to be heard by one other Bench. It can be “act of impropriety”, the Bench informed Dave.
However, it stated the punishment wouldn’t be acted upon till his petition in search of evaluation of the August 14 order convicting him of contempt of court docket was determined.
Attorney General KK Venugopal requested the highest court docket to not punish Bhushan for contempt of court docket. “It would be tremendously good if Bhushan is given some time,” Venugopal stated.
However, Bhushan stated his assertion was a effectively thought-out. “It’s unlikely there will be substantial change in my statement,” Bhushan stated. “We can give you time… and it is better if you consider it… we will give you two or three days,” the Bench informed Bhushan.
Justice Mishra, because of retire subsequent month, stated, “In my judicial career, I have never held anyone guilty of contempt.” The Bench stated it might be very lenient if Bhushan realised his mistake. — TNS