News Desk, Tech for FTCP, New Delhi
Updated Mon, 24 Aug 2020 08:18 AM IST
Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan (file photo)
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During the previous hearing, the court reserved the judgment while hearing the contempt case. The apex court had asked Bhushan to consider his statement. The court said that Bhushan can file an unconditional apology by August 24 if he wishes. If this does not happen, on August 25, the court will pronounce a judgment against them.
I do not appeal for mercy: Prashant Bhushan
On the court's decision, Prashant Bhushan said that I am pained that I have been convicted of contempt of court. Whose glory I have tried to retain not as a courtier but as a protector for 30 years. I am shocked and disappointed that the court has come to a conclusion without giving evidence of my intentions in this case. Referring to a statement by Mahatma Gandhi, he said that I do not appeal for mercy. I will accept whatever punishment is received from the court.
Also read- Before Prashant Bhushan, Allahabad High Court Senior Advocate VC Mishra has also faced contempt
What is the whole matter
On 22 June, senior counsel made comments regarding Chief Justice of the Court (CJI) SA Bobde and four former Chief Justices. Subsequently, in a tweet dated June 27, Prashant Bhushan commented on the six-year functioning of the Supreme Court. Taking automatic cognizance of these tweets, the court started contempt proceedings against them.
The court sent them notice. In response, Bhushan said that criticizing the CJI does not diminish the dignity of the Supreme Court. He had said that I have a thinking behind the tweet made about the former CJI, which may seem unpleasant but not contempt.