The hon’ble SC today on August 25, reserved its judgement on the quantum of punishment for the Suo Moto Contempt of Court Case against Senior Advocate Prashant Bhushan. The SC on its last hearing, had given Advocate Bhushan the opportunity to offer his apologies on the remarks he made and submit it before the SC by August 24th (Yesterday).
However, On August 24, Advocate Bhushan refused to offer any apologies over his two tweets against the Judiciary. He said that he believed his actions were completely bona fide and would stand firm on his decision to not submit an apology before the hon’ble SC. He also added that his remarks could best amount to “constructive criticism meant to convey to the court not to deviate from its sterling record.”
Referring the 2009 Contempt of Court Case against Advocate Bhushan to an appropriate bench of judges, Justice Arun Mishra said, “I am short of time. I am demitting office. This requires detailed hearing of four to five hours.” He further added, “Let the matter be placed before the CJI for assigning it to appropriate bench for hearing on September 10.”
During the long hearing, the court had offered Advocate Bhushan 30 minutes to ‘think over’ and express regret for his contemptuous remarks and withdraw charges against him. However, Advocate Dhavan argued saying, “Nobody can be forced to tender an apology in a contempt proceeding.” He further said to the SC bench, “Don’t make Prashant Bhushan a martyr by punishing him for contempt.”
Attorney General KK Venugopal requested the SC to, “Warn Bhushan and close the Contempt Case” of 2009 against Advocate Bhushan. He believes that the court should not go to the extent of punishing him.