The Supreme Court will on Monday deliver a sentence in the contempt case against activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan, who has been held guilty of tweets against the judiciary.
A bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari had reserved the order on the sentence after Bhushan had decided to not apologise for the tweets.
When Bhushan decided to not apologise, the bench said, “What is wrong in apologising? Is this word so bad?” During the hearing, the bench also gave 30 minutes to Bhushan to think over his stand for not expressing regret in connection with the tweets.
Justice Arun Mishra had said. “For how long the system will suffer all this? I am retiring in a few days. Will it be okay if you or others start attacking me? You should apply balm if you have caused hurt,”
Mr Bhushan’s lawyer Rajeev Dhavan and Attorney General KK Venugopal were also present. The Supreme Court had demanded an unconditional apology and had asked the 63-year-old lawyer and activist to “reconsider” his statement. On Tuesday, the court asked Mr Bhushan to consider withdrawing the statement.