Advocate Prashant Bhushan Case Verdict: Fine of Re 1
The contempt case against Civil Rights Advocate Prashant Bhushan for his tweets regarding Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and functioning of the judiciary posted earlier this year has come to an end today.
The Supreme Court of India has shown magnanimity by letting Advocate Prashant Bhushan off with fine of Re 1.
However, the Court has ordered that if Mr. Bhushan fails to pay the fine by September 15, he will be liable to a three-month imprisonment term and three years' debarment from legal practice.
In a suo moto contempt case, a three judges bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, B.R. Gavai and Krishna Murari had on August 14, held Mr. Bhushan guilty of contempt. While pronouncing the judgement, Hon’ble Justice B.R. Gavai stated that Mr. Prashant Bhushan has committed “serious contempt of court”.
In the 82 pages judgement the Bench has stated that,
"We are not afraid of sentencing the contemnor either with imprisonment or from debarring him from the practice. His conduct reflects adamance and ego, which has no place to exist in the system of administration of justice and in noble profession, and no remorse is shown for the harm done to the institution to which he belongs."
The Bench further added that it is choosing to be magnanimous in the matter.
After the judgement was passed this morning by a Bench led by Hon’ble Justice Arun Mishra, in a press conference Advocate Bhushan stated,
"While I reserve the right to seek a review of the conviction and sentencing, by way of an appropriate legal remedy, I propose to submit myself to this order and will respectfully pay the fine, just as I would have submitted to any other lawful punishment."
During the press conference, Mr. Bhushan reiterated that he did not intend to cause any disrespect to the institution and that he has highest respects for the Judicial mechanism. He said that his tweets were meant to express his honest anguish only.