SC offers 30 minutes to Prashant Bhushan to rethink his stand on contemptuous tweets


New Delhi, August 25

The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted 30 minutes to activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan, convicted for contempt, to ‘assume over’ his stand of not expressing remorse over his tweets in opposition to the judiciary.

The prime court docket granted one other alternative to Bhushan after Attorney General Ok Ok Venugopal sought forgiveness for the activist-lawyer.

“He (Bhushan) should withdraw all statements and express regret,” stated the highest regulation officer when the bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra sought his views on the ‘defiant’ assertion of Bhushan.

He has refused to supply an apology to the Supreme Court for his two tweets in opposition to the judiciary, saying what he expressed represented his bona fide perception which he continued to carry.

“Bhushan says the Supreme Court has collapsed, is it not objectionable,” requested the bench.

The court docket can converse by orders solely and even in his affidavit, Bhushan has made disparaging remarks in opposition to the judiciary, the bench stated.            

The court docket ought to warn him and take compassionate view, Venugopal informed the bench, which additionally comprised Justices B R Gavai and Krishna Murari.

“When Bhushan does not think he did anything wrong then what is the point of giving him advice to not repeating it,” the Bench stated.

“A person should be realise his mistake, we gave Bhushan time but he says he will not apologise,” it stated.

The Bench will reassemble to know the views of Bhushan once more.

On August 20, the highest court docket had granted time until August 24 to Bhushan to rethink his “defiant statement” refusing to apologise and tender “unconditional apology” for contemptuous tweets in opposition to the judiciary and rejected his submission that quantum of punishment be determined by one other bench. PTI



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