Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 31
The Supreme Court on Monday ordered activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan to pay a high-quality of Re 1 by September 15 for contempt of courtroom, failing which he will likely be despatched to jail for 3 months and debarred from practising earlier than it for 3 years.
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A 3-judge Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra, which had held Bhushan responsible of contempt of courtroom on August 14 for scandalising the judiciary by his tweets in opposition to CJI SA Bobde and 4 former CJIs, took robust exception to the contemnor speaking to the press and releasing his assertion to journalists upfront.
“In the circumstances, the defence taken cannot be said to be either in public interest or bona fide one. On the contrary, it is more derogatory to the reputation of this court and would amount to further scandalising and bringing administration of justice in disrepute, in which the common citizen of this country has faith,” the Bench mentioned, including the contemnor had indulged in making reckless allegations in opposition to the establishment of justice. Hours later, Bhushan advised reporters that he’ll “respectfully” pay the high-quality as he has “the greatest respect for judiciary”.