Prashant Bhushan contempt case: SC set to pronounce quantum of sentence at present

New Delhi, August 31

The Supreme Court is scheduled to pronounce on Monday its verdict on the quantum of sentence to be awarded to activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan, convicted for contempt of courtroom over his two tweets towards the judiciary.

A Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra will pronounce its verdict towards Bhushan, who faces easy imprisonment of as much as six months or with a wonderful of as much as Rs 2,000 or with each as punishment underneath Contempt of Court Act.

On August 25, the highest courtroom was urged by senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan to point out “judicial statesmanship” and never make Bhushan a “martyr” by punishing him for contempt over his tweets criticising the judiciary, after the activist-lawyer rejected recent solutions from the courtroom for an apology.

As the highest courtroom reserved its verdict on the sentence to be awarded to Bhushan, Justice Arun Mishra, who presided over a three-judge bench, on the fag finish of the almost three-hour-long listening to had requested why he can’t search an apology and what was improper in utilizing this phrase.

Justice Mishra is demitting workplace on September 2.

The apex courtroom on August 14 had held Bhushan responsible of felony contempt for his two derogatory tweets towards the judiciary saying they can’t be mentioned to be a good criticism of the functioning of the judiciary made within the public curiosity.

On August 25, Dhavan, representing Bhushan, had steered that the highest courtroom recall the August 14 verdict convicting him for contempt of courtroom and never impose any sentence and urged it to not solely shut the case but additionally to convey an finish to the controversy.

Attorney General Ok Ok Venugopal requested the courtroom to forgive Bhushan with a message that he shouldn’t repeat this act.

The Bench additionally comprising Justices B R Gavai and Krishna Murari, had given 30 minutes to Bhushan to “think over” on withdrawing his statements made within the courtroom and mentioned he made “disparaging remarks against the institution and the judges”.

Venugopal had mentioned Bhushan, who has been refusing to tender an unconditional apology for the tweets, ought to withdraw all statements and categorical remorse.

The Bench on August 20 had granted time until Monday to Bhushan to rethink his “defiant statement” and tender “unconditional apology” for the contemptuous tweets.

Referring to Bhushan’s statements and his refusal to apologise, the bench had informed Venugopal that errors have been dedicated by all however they wanted to be accepted, however right here Bhushan was not keen to simply accept that.

Dhavan had argued that reprimanding Bhushan like “don’t do it again” as steered by the legal professional common won’t be right and as a substitute a statesman-like message ought to be there like “Mr Bhushan though we disagree with many things, but from next time you should be more responsible”.

Bhushan in his assertion had refused to supply an apology to the Supreme Court for his two tweets towards the judiciary, saying what he expressed represented his bona fide perception which he continued to carry. PTI

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