Supreme Court fines Bhushan Re 1 for contempt

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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Reserve proper to hunt assessment: lawyer

While I reserve the correct to hunt a assessment of the conviction & sentencing, I suggest to submit myself to this order and can respectfully pay the high-quality, simply as I might have submitted to another lawful punishment.

My tweets weren’t meant in any strategy to disrespect the Supreme Court or the judiciary, however had been merely meant to precise my anguish at what I felt was a deviation from its sterling previous file.

— Prashant Bhushan

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”.

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