SC permits Arun Shourie, N Ram and Prashant Bhushan to withdraw plea on contempt legislation


New Delhi, August 13

The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed former Union minister Arun Shourie, veteran journalist N Ram and activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan to withdraw their plea difficult the constitutional validity of a authorized provision coping with prison contempt for “scandalising the court”.

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra was knowledgeable by senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, who was representing the petitioners, that they wished to withdraw the plea as a number of petitions on the identical concern are pending earlier than the apex court docket they usually did not need “this to be entangled” with them.

The bench, additionally comprising Justices BR Gavai and Krishna Murari, allowed the petition to be withdrawn with liberty to the petitioners to method the suitable judicial discussion board, besides the apex court docket.

During the temporary listening to performed via video-conferencing, Dhavan mentioned that at this stage the petitioners wished to withdraw the plea with liberty to method the highest court docket once more, possibly after two months.

The petitioners had challenged the constitutional validity of a authorized provision coping with prison contempt, saying it violated the liberty of speech and proper to equality. PTI



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