How would “guilty” Bhushan now condemn SC when he had praised them for same in 2017?

14th August 2020

14th August 2020

Now that senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan has been held guilty of contempt of court by the Supreme Court, with the quantum of punishment reserved for August 20, it would be interesting how Bhushan reacts to the judgment.

It’s been a few hours to the judgment but Bhushan has kept his silence on the ruling even as the Supreme Court has said: “We would like to hear you on sentence.”

Bhushan’s response would be interesting. For twiterratis have dug up a three-year-old tweet of his where Bhushan had welcomed the judiciary for holding Justice S C Karnan guilty of contempt of court in 2017.

It’s an unrelated matter and readers could read all about it here but in a nutshell, Justice Karnan was found guilty of contempt of court and pushed for six months of imprisonment. He was also stripped of his judicial duties.

Bhushan, at that moment, had welcomed the Supreme Court judgement on Justice Karnan for contempt of court.

This is being raked up by me because till a few hours back, Bhushan, along with Arun Shourie, was questioning whether “contempt of court” should be dispensed with by Indian judiciary.

Coming back to today’s judgement, the bench of justices Arun Mishra, Krishna Murari and B R Gavat of the Supreme Court held Bhushan “guilty” for committing “serious contempt of the court” by writing two tweets against the Indian judiciary.

Complete arguments in the case will be heard on August 20, 2020, and that day only sentence will be pronounced. To Prashant, the Supreme Court said, "We would like to hear you on sentence."

The apex court had decided to reserve its verdict on August 5 in the matter because Prashant had defended his two tweets in question by saying that they were against the conduct of the judges and the way they make decisions.

A show-cause notice was issued to Prashant on July 22 by the Supreme Court after criminal contempt was initiated against him for posting two tweets against the judiciary.

The activist-lawyer, Prashant had accused chief justices of being corrupt in his 11-year-old interview which caused concern to the apex court in accepting his expression of regret earlier this week in a contempt case.

On Monday the Supreme Court said, "We need to check whether statements made regarding corruption amounts to contempt of court.”

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