A-G: SC ought to be lenient, however Bhushan should specific remorse

Satya Prakash

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 25

The Supreme Court in the present day reserved its verdict on the quantum of punishment to be awarded to Prashant Bhushan for contempt of court docket whilst senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, representing the activist lawyer, urged it to not make him a martyr.

“My humble and most respectful submission is don’t make Bhushan a martyr,” Dhavan instructed a three-judge Bench led by Justice Arun Mishra. He stated if the highest court docket needed to debar Bhushan from practising regulation, it should hear him first.

Dhavan’s submission got here after Justice Mishra requested, “If we decide to punish him, what should be the punishment?”

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

Maintaining {that a} warning would suffice, Venugopal stated Bhushan should specific remorse and withdraw his affidavit justifying his controversial tweets towards CJI SA Bobde and 4 former CJIs.

Bhushan refused to apologise, saying an insincere apology would quantity to “contempt of my conscience”.

Justice Mishra, who is because of retire on September 2, stated it was fairly painful to determine a contempt case simply earlier than demitting his workplace. Maintaining that criticism of judiciary was welcome, he stated, “Judges are condemned, their families humiliated and they can’t even speak. Who will protect them, if not the Bar?”

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