Contempt of court docket: BCI directs Bar Council of Delhi to ‘study’ Prashant Bhushan’s tweets

Satya Prakash

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 4

Activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan’s issues arising out of his controversial tweets in opposition to CJI SA Bobde and 4 former CJIs seems to be much more over.

Four days after the Supreme Court ordered him to pay a tremendous of Re 1 by September 15 for contempt of court docket, failing which he shall be despatched to jail for 3 months and debarred from practising earlier than it for 3 years, the Bar Council of India has now taken up the matter.

Bhushan had on August 31 introduced that he’ll “respectfully” pay the tremendous as he has “the greatest respect for judiciary”. Insisting that his tweets weren’t meant to disrespect the Supreme Court or the judiciary, he had stated he reserved his proper to file a evaluate petition.

However, the BCI—which regulates the authorized occupation in India—has directed the Bar Council of Delhi to “examine” the Supreme Court’s choice convicting Bhushan of contempt of court docket and proceed as per regulation and guidelines “as expeditiously as possible”.

The choice was taken within the BCI General Council assembly held on Thursday by way of video convention that “discussed and deliberated” upon the highest court docket judgments of August 14 and August 31 that held Bhushan responsible of legal contempt of court docket and ordered him to pay a token tremendous or Re 1.

“The Council is of the view that the tweets and statements made by Shri Prashant Bhushan, Advocate and the Judgment of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India needs thorough study and examination by the Bar Council in the light of the statutory duties, powers and functions conferred on it under the Advocates’ Act, 1961 and the rules framed thereunder, particularly, Section-24A and Section-35 of the Advocates Act, 1961 and Chapter-II, Part-VI of Bar Council of India Rules,” BCI Secretary Srimanto Sen stated on Friday.

The assembly was chaired by BCI Vice-Chairman Satish A Deshmukh, Sen added.

A 3-judge Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra—which held Bhushan responsible of contempt of court docket on August 14 for scandalising the Judiciary by his tweets in opposition to CJI SA Bobde and 4 former CJIs—had taken robust exception to the contemnor speaking to the press and releasing his assertion to journalists upfront.

Two days after the decision, Justice Mishra demitted workplace on September 2.

“We are of the view that, in the circumstances, the defence taken cannot be said to be either in the public interest or bona fide one. On the contrary, it is more derogatory to the reputation of this Court and would amount to further scandalising and bringing administration of justice in disrepute, in which the common citizen of this country has faith and approaches this Court as a last resort for getting justice,” the highest court docket had stated, including the contemnor has indulged in making reckless allegations in opposition to the establishment of justice.

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