The Supreme Court on Monday imposed a fine of one rupee against senior advocate Prashant Bhushan in a contempt case. The court said that if he does not submit it by September 15, he will be barred from practicing three years or imprisonment for 3 months. This decision was announced by a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra.
Earlier on August 25, the court reserved its order on his sentence. The apex court had sought an opinion from Attorney General KK Venugopal on the issue of sentencing Prashant Bhushan. On which Venugopal said that Prashant Bhushan should be warned and left.
Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan refused to apologize to the Supreme Court for two tweets that were derogatory to the judiciary. Contempt of court can be punished with imprisonment for a maximum period of six months or a fine of two thousand rupees or both.
Supreme Court imposes a fine of Re 1 fine on Prashant Bhushan. In case of default, he will be barred from practising for 3 years & will be imprisoned of 3 months https://t.co/0lMbqiizBb
— ANI (@ANI) August 31, 2020
The Supreme Court (SC) gave its verdict today on the sentence to be given to lawyer Prashant Bhushan for criminal contempt of court. On 14 August, the Supreme Court convicted Prashant Bhushan for making two tweets criticizing the top court and Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde. The case was registered on 9 July and the first hearing in the case was held on 22 July. The case took 40 days to reach a conclusion from the date of its first hearing.
27th June: Prashant Bhushan made two tweets about the functioning of the Supreme Court in the last six years. The tweet alleged that historians would mark the role of the Supreme Court as contributing to the supposed destruction of democracy. The tweet alleged, “When future historians look at the last six years, they will find how democracy has been destroyed in India even without a formal emergency. Especially mark the role of the Supreme Court in this destruction. It will also specifically characterize the role of the last four Chief Justices.”
29th June: Prashant Bhushan alleged in his second tweet, “The CJI rode a BJP leader’s motorcycle worth Rs 50 lakh in Nagpur without wearing a mask or helmet.” He took this ride at a time when he puts the Supreme Court on lockdown mode and deprives citizens of their fundamental right to get justice. ”
On 9th July, a lawyer Mehek Maheshwari filed a petition before the Supreme Court seeking initiation of criminal contempt proceedings against Prashant Bhushan for his tweet. Maheshwari’s plea was not so agreed, but the court nevertheless decided to use based on Maheshwari’s plea.