Convicted for contempt of court over his two tweets against the judiciary and Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde, the Supreme Court on Monday imposed a fine of Re 1 on activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan for criminal contempt of court.
Stating that judges are not supposed to go to press, a three-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said that if Prashant Bhushan fails to deposit the amount by September 15. In the line of the verdict, the lawyer who was held guilty on August 14th will have to undergo simple imprisonment for three months and will be barred from practising for three years.
The Court further deprecated Bhushan for publicising his statements in media before they were considered by the bench. The bench also said that it has taken into account the “sane advise” given by the Attorney General.
It can be noted that Prashant Bhushan refused to take back his tweets and apologise despite the apex court gave him time to ‘think over’. Stating that his tweets were based on distorted facts and have the effect of destabilising the foundation of the judiciary, Supreme Court refused to let him off even after Attorney General KK Venugopal had urged the court to not punish Bhushan.