Contempt proceedings: SC points discover to activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan

New Delhi, July 22

The Supreme Court Wednesday issued discover to activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan on the contempt proceedings initiated in opposition to him for his alleged derogatory tweets in opposition to the judiciary, saying his statements prima facie “brought the administration of justice in disrepute”.

While referring to current tweets by Bhushan, the apex court docket stated these statements are prima facie able to “undermining the dignity and authority” of the establishment of the Supreme Court usually and the workplace of Chief Justice of India specifically, within the eyes of public at massive.

A 3-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra, which took suo motu (by itself) cognisance within the matter, additionally issued discover to Attorney General Okay Okay Venugopal in search of his help.

The bench, additionally comprising Justices B R Gavai and Krishna Murari, additionally requested Twitter Inc. to file its reply within the matter.

“We are, prima facie, of the view that the aforesaid statements on Twitter have brought the administration of justice in disrepute and are capable of undermining the dignity and authority of the institution of Supreme Court in general and the office of the Chief Justice of India in particular, in the eyes of public at large,” the bench stated in its order.

“We take suo motu cognisance of the aforesaid tweet also apart from the tweet quoted above (in the order) and suo motu register the proceedings,” the bench stated, including, “We issue notice to the Attorney General for India and to Prashant Bhushan, Advocate also.”

The bench famous in its order {that a} petition was positioned earlier than it “on the administrative side whether it should be listed for hearing or not as permission of the Attorney General for India has not been obtained by the petitioner to file this petition”.

“After examining the matter on administrative side, we have directed the matter to be listed before the court to pass appropriate orders. We have gone through the petition,” the bench stated and referred to one of many tweets “made against the CJI”.

It additionally referred to a different tweet by Bhushan on June 27.

During the listening to, senior advocate Sajan Poovayya, showing for Twitter, instructed the bench that Twitter India has wrongly been made a celebration within the matter and it ought to have been Twitter INC.

He additionally instructed the bench that if the highest court docket directs, then Twitter would disable the alleged contemptuous tweets.

The bench famous in its order that Poovayya has “submitted that the Twitter Inc., California, USA is the correct description on which the tweets were made by Prashant Bhushan.”

 “Let the reply be also filed by them,” the bench stated and posted the matter for additional listening to on August 5.

Bhushan has been elevating points pertaining to judiciary and lately he was vital of the best way wherein the highest court docket dealt with the issues associated to migrant employees amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier additionally, the apex court docket in November 2009, had issued contempt discover to Bhushan for allegedly casting aspersions on some sitting and former high court docket judges in an interview to a information journal.

The matter which was not heard by the apex court docket as per the file accessible on the highest court docket’s web site since May 2012 is now listed for listening to on July 24.

It is schedule to be heard by a bench headed by Justice Mishra on Friday (July 24) as per the listing of enterprise uploaded on the apex court docket web site. — PTI

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