Now Swara Bhaskar faces “contempt of court”, a la Prashant Bhushan

18th August 2020

18th August 2020

Only a few days ago the Supreme Court held senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan guilty of court contempt for writing two derogatory tweets against the Indian judiciary. And now, a plea has been filed against an activist & actress, Swara Bhaskar by advocate Mahek Maheshwari, Prakash Sharma, and Anuj Saxena on behalf of one Usha Shetty.  

The plea seeks sanction for contempt of court prosecution against Swara for passing derogatory remarks on the November 2020 Ram Mandir verdict of the Supreme Court at "artists against communalism" conference held at Mumbai in February 2020.

As per the petition, in her alleged objectionable remarks, Swara had said, “We are now in a situation where our courts are not sure whether they believe in the Constitution or not…What then do we do and it seems to me that as everyone has said that the path is clear to us and it has been shown to us by you all whoever of you all have been part of the protest by students by the women and by the citizen protestors it is to resist… We are living in a country where the Supreme Court of our country states in a judgment that the demolition of the Babri Masjid was unlawful and in the same judgment rewards the same people who brought down the mosque”.

These remarks are too scandalous to be a cheap publicity stunt, is claimed in the plea. It also claims that Swara has deliberately tried to turn people against the Supreme Court.

And it was not the first time when Swara was involved in a political matter. Before this, Swara had shared the stage with the protesters of the Citizenship Amendment Act at Shaheen Bagh. On that stage, she had given a negative statement for analyst Gunja Kapoor. In that statement, Swara had asked Gunja to thank the protesters at Shaheen Bagh for not lynching her when she was harassed by the women present there.

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