Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 12
Activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan on Saturday moved the Supreme Court (SC) looking for proper to intra-court enchantment to be heard by a bigger and completely different Bench in contempt of court docket instances determined by the highest court docket, saying the absence of enchantment provision violated the ideas of pure justice.
Alternatively, the court docket ought to difficulty a route declaring that overview petitions filed in opposition to SC’s conviction orders in prison contempt instances can be heard in open court docket by a distinct Bench, Bhushan submitted in his petition. “Contempt proceedings are one through which the injured occasion (Supreme Court) acts because the prosecutor, the witness and the decide, thereby elevating worry of inherent bias. As a decide the ability of the Supreme Court to convict and sentence the accused is limitless and arbitrary… No one might be directly a suitor and a decide.
Thus, there’s a want for an intra-court enchantment,” Bhushan submitted. The petition comes lower than two weeks after the Supreme Court imposed a token effective of Re 1 on Bhushan, who was convicted for prison contempt for his two tweets in opposition to the judiciary, saying he had tried to “denigrate the reputation of the institution of administration of justice”.
The conviction and sentence had come after Bhushan refused to apologise to the court docket. After the sentence was pronounced, he had introduced that he would pay the effective and file a overview petition.
Bhushan is dealing with one other prison contempt case initiated within the prime court docket 2009 for his assertion in Tehelka journal that half the 16 former CJIs had been “corrupt”.