SC frames two questions for consideration in Prashant Bhushan contempt case

Satya Prakash

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 17

The Supreme Court on Monday framed two questions for its consideration in an 11-year-old legal contempt case towards activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan.

The two questions framed by Justice Arun Mishra are: Whether statements on ‘judicial corruption’ might be made in public and beneath what circumstances they be made; and the process to be adopted if such statements of corruption are made in public towards sitting in addition to retired judges.

On Behalf of Bhushan, senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan termed the questions as “very meaningful”.

Dhavan wished the highest court docket to refer the inquiries to a bigger Bench and provides a quietus to the case towards Bhushan.

The Bench posted the matter for additional listening to on August 24.

Ahead of the important listening to on Monday, Bhushan had contended earlier than the Supreme Court that allegations of corruption per se can’t be per se contempt of court docket.

In a written submission filed within the prime court docket, Bhushan, who has already been held responsible of Contempt of Court in one other case regarding his controversial tweets towards CJI SA Bobde, had made it clear that he would invoke reality as his defence.

The Supreme Court had on August 10 determined to go forward with legal contempt proceedings Bhushan because it refused to simply accept his ‘regret’ in connection together with his 2009 assertion allegedly scandalising the judiciary.

The prime court docket, on Friday, had held him responsible of contempt of court docket for his tweets towards CJI SA Bobde and 4 former CJIs, saying public confidence in courts can’t be allowed to be impaired by malicious assaults on them. A 3-judge Bench led by Justice Mishra will hear arguments on sentence on August 20.

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