Contempt case: Supreme Court imposes fine of Rs 1 on Prashant Bhushan, 3 months in jail for not paying
Prashant Bhushan Contempt Cases: The Supreme Court has given its verdict today in contempt case against senior advocate Prashant Bhushan. The Supreme Court imposed a monetary penalty of Rs 1 on lawyer Prashant Bhushan, who was convicted of contempt of court for his two tweets against the judiciary. Also, the court said that if they do not deposit this amount, they can be sentenced to three months in jail. Earlier, the Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its decision on the sentence of Prashant Bhushan. Prashant Bhushan, who had already refused to apologize, was given 30 minutes by the court and asked to reconsider his stand. But even after this, the idea of Bhushan did not change, the court even asked what is wrong in apologizing, is this a bad word? A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra pronounced its judgment against Bhushan.
While giving a judgment in the contempt case, the Supreme Court said that if Prashant Bhushan does not pay a fine of Rupees 1, he may face imprisonment for three months or will be barred from speaking for three years.
On August 25, senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan requested the apex court after Prashant Bhushan rejected the court’s suggestion of an apology and that the court should give a message like ‘Statesman’ and not make Bhushan a martyr. Justice Mishra, presiding over the bench of three judges, reserved his judgment that day on the issue of punishment. Justice Mishra is retiring on September 2.
On August 14, the Supreme Court held Bhushan guilty of criminal contempt for his two derogatory tweets against the judiciary. Dhawan, appearing for Bhushan, had requested the apex court, citing Bhushan’s supplementary statement, to withdraw his August 14 verdict and not undergo any punishment. He requested that not only this matter should be closed, but also the dispute should be ended.
Attorney General appealed for forgiveness
At the same time, Attorney General K.K. K Venugopal requested the court to forgive Bhushan with the message that he should not repeat such act in future. The bench also consists of Justice BR Gavai and Justice Krishna Murari. The bench had also given Bhushan 30 minutes to reconsider his attitude of not apologizing for the tweets.
Bhushan mentioned Gandhi’s statement in court
Prashant Bhushan told the Supreme Court that he was pained that he was ‘greatly misunderstood’ in the case. He said ‘I have tried to discharge my ultimate duty through tweet’. Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, Prashant Bhushan had said, ‘I do not beg for mercy nor do I appeal to you for generosity. I have come here to execute any punishment, which will be given to me for what the court considers a crime, while it is not my fault in my eyes, but my highest duty towards the citizens. ‘
When is the matter related to tweet
Significantly, the Supreme Court convicted him on August 14 for the comments made on Twitter on the judges. Prashant Bhushan made a comment on the six-year functioning of the judiciary on June 27, while on June 22, the current Chief Justice of the apex court S.K. a. Another comment was made about Bobde and four former Chief Justices.