SC initiates contempt proceedings in opposition to Prashant Bhushan, Twitter India

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 21

The Supreme Court on Tuesday initiated suo motu contempt of courtroom proceedings in opposition to activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan and Twitter India for his tweets allegedly scandalising the judiciary.

The contempt case is listed for listening to on July 22 earlier than a three-judge Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra. 

Recently Bhushan had tweeted, “CJI rides a (Rs) 50 Lakh motorcycle belonging to a BJP leader at Raj Bhavan Nagpur, without a mask or helmet, at a time when he keeps the SC in Lockdown mode denying citizens their fundamental right to access Justice.”

Bhushan’s tweet crucial of the CJI had come after Justice SA Bobde’s image exhibiting him using an opulent bike in Nagpur went viral on social media. Later, it turned out that the CJI didn’t journey Harley Davidson bike and simply sat on it to have a really feel of the machine. He didn’t even know who its proprietor was, it was clarified.

But it was instantly not clear if Bhushan’s tweet in regards to the CJI was the explanation behind the contempt proceedings or the event associated to one thing else. 

Known for his feedback crucial of the judiciary, Bhushan, when contacted, mentioned, “I don’t know the reasons for the contempt (proceedings) against me.”

A felony contempt petition is already pending in opposition to him since 2009. His father and senior advocate Shanti Bhushan intervened as a celebration within the case and filed an affidavit about corruption in judiciary. But the matter has not been heard for a number of years.

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