Supreme Court reserves verdict on punishment to Prashant Bhushan in contempt case

Satya Prakash

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 25

The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its verdict on punishment to Prashant Bhushan who was on August 14 convicted of contempt of courtroom for scandalising the Judiciary by his tweets in opposition to CJI SA Bobde and 4 former CJIs.

Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, representing Bhushan, urged the Supreme Court to not make him a martyr.

“A general message, not even a reprimand….My humble and most respectful submission is don’t make Prashant Bhushan a martyr,” Dhavan — who’s representing Bhushan, advised a Bench led by Justice Arun Mishra.

Dhavan’s reply got here after Justice Mishra requested, “If we determine to punish him, what must be the punishment?

Dhavan mentioned, “If the highest courtroom desires to bar Bhushan from practise, it should hear him first.

“If you want to impose a jail term, my advice would be don’t make Prashant Bhushan a martyr. Like what happened after Babri was demolished and Kalyan Singh was convicted of contempt.”

Attorney General KK Venugopal mentioned, “My suggestion would be to give a quietus to this matter without getting into that exercise.”

In the pre-lunch session, he had recommended a warning to Bhushan would suffice.

Dhavan mentioned, “Although AG says a reprimand is in order, I’ll say a general statement is enough and there is no need to reprimand him.”

Prashant Bhushan had 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 contemporary assertion filed in high courtroom, a defiant Bhushan had mentioned 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, can be insincere, Bhushan had mentioned in a two-page assertion filed within the courtroom.

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