SC to Bhushan: Re 1 fine or 3-month jail term in contempt case

“The freedom of speech cannot be curtailed but rights of others need to be respected,”

The Supreme Court Bench, headed by Justice Arun Mishra has fined Prashant Bhushan, lawyer-activist, a fine of ₹1 in the contempt case against him for his two tweets criticising the judiciary. 

“Judges are not supposed to go to the press, their comments outside the Court should not have been relied on,” the Bench said.

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Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad Arvind Bobde

Supreme Court took up suo motu case against Bhushan a senior advocate over his two tweets. Prashant Bhushan has been asked to submit the fine by 15 September, failing which he may be sent to three months jail, and debarred from practicing law for three years, Bar and Bench reported.

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Prashant Bhushan’s tweet

“The freedom of speech cannot be curtailed but rights of others need to be respected,” the court observed, PTI reported.

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Prashant Bhushan’s tweet

Justice Mishra retires office on 2 September.

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