Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 24
Attorney General Ok Ok Venugopal on Tuesday advised the Supreme court docket that activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan, convicted for contempt, needs to be forgiven.
“Prashant Bhushan has freedom of speech, but says he will not tender an apology for contempt”, stated the SC
The Attorney General advised the SC, “The court should warn Prashant Bhushan and take a compassionate view.”
The SC stated: “A person should realise his mistake; we gave Bhushan time, but he says he will not apologise.”
“The court can speak only through its orders; even in his affidavit, Prashant Bhushan made disparaging remarks,” stated the SC.
“Prashant Bhushan says the SC has collapsed, is it not objectionable,” the highest court docket Bench requested the AG.
Prashant Bhushan had on Monday refused to apologise for his contemptuous tweets scandalising the judiciary and requested the Supreme Court to recall its August 14 order convicting him of contempt of court docket.
In a recent assertion filed in prime court docket, a defiant Bhushan had stated an insincere apology would quantity to “contempt of my conscience and of an institution that I hold in highest esteem”.
An apology for expression of beliefs, conditional or unconditional, could be insincere, Bhushan had stated in a two-page assertion filed within the court docket. With PTI alerts