Advocate and activist Prashant Bhushan was on Wednesday serve .. served a notice by the Supreme Court on a contempt petition ..
The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to advocate Prashant Bhushan on contempt plea filed by Attorney General K K Venugopal and Centre that Bhushan in his tweets said that AG Venugopal ‘wilfully & deliberately’ made false statement in a case pending in court.
The tweet, which raised finger to Centre’s decision on the selection of M Nageshwar Rao as interim director of the Central Bureau of investigation.
The move came when Centre and Attorney General KK Venugopal separately pushed contempt application before apex court against Bhushan.
Followed by the separate contempt application, a bench of Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Naveen Sinha directed Bhushan to respond to contempt application within 21 days and the matter will next be heard on March 7.
In their notice the court has said that it would deal with the larger question of whether it is open for lawyers or any other person to criticise the court in a sub-judice matter which would lead to influencing public opinion.
Criticising the court may also lead to interference in the course of justice, the bench added. “This issue required to be heard in length, notice issued,” it said and listing the matter for further hearing on March 7.
Attorney General KK Venugopal mentioned in his application that he does not want to punish Bhushan but he wants a guideline from the court to prevent such instances in future.
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Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who representing Centre in this case, demanded punishment saying that the liberty shown by the court is being misunderstood as the institution’s weakness and the limit of that liberty has been breached.