SC holds Prashant Bhushan guilty of contempt for tweets against CJI, judiciary

New Delhi: Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan has been held guilty of contempt for his two tweets on Chief Justice of India S.A Bobde and the Supreme Court.

The hearing on the quantum of punishment will be held on August 20.

A three-judge bench of Justices Arun Mishra, B.R Gavai and Krishna Murari delivered the verdict on Prashant's tweets.

Prashant said he was exercising his freedom of speech and giving his opinion about the functioning of the court, and it does not amount to 'obstruction of justice', necessitating the contempt proceedings.

In the last hearing, Prashant's lawyer Dushyant Dave had said the two tweets were not against the institution.

"They are against the judges in their personal capacity regarding their conduct. They are not malicious and do not obstruct administration of justice," Dave had said.

Prashant in an affidavit on August 3 said he regretted only a 'part of' what he tweeted and asserted that criticism of the top judge 'does not scandalise' the court or lower its authority.

 

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