The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday held advocate Prashant Bhushan guilty of contempt of court for his tweets criticising the apex court and Chief Justice SA Bobde and his predecessors.
A bench of Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai, and Krishna Murari passed the order. The quantum of punishment is yet to be decided and the hearing on the sentence is scheduled to be held on August 20.
On July 22, the SC had issued a notice to Prashant Bhushan on the alleged remarks on Twitter. The Supreme court also asked the Attorney General to help it on the matter. The court had further asked Bhushan and Twitter to file a reply by August 5.
“We are, prima facie, of the view that the aforesaid statements on Twitter have brought the administration of justice in disrepute and are capable of undermining the dignity and authority of the Institution of Supreme Court in general and the office of the Chief Justice of India in particular, in the eyes of the public at large,” replied the court in its order.
The Supreme Court regulated suo motu contempt proceedings against Prashant Bhushan for allegedly making derogatory and dirty remarks against the apex court on June 27 in a tweet that allegedly said that the last four Chief Justices had played a role in the “destruction of democracy” during undeclared “emergency” for the past six years. In yet another tweet, on June 29, he alleged that the “present Chief Justice” rode bike in Nagpur “while keeping the apex court in lockdown and denying citizens their right to access to justice“.