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Prashant Bhushan Contempt Case: SC Reserves Verdict On Quantum Of Sentence

The Supreme Court Tuesday reserved its judgment on the quantum of punishment against activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan who has been convicted in a criminal contempt of court case over two tweets posted in June.

The proceedings began with Attorney General appealing to the apex court to take a “compassionate view” and forgive Bhushan. The SC bench, headed by Justice Arun Mishra and comprising Justices BR Gavai and Krishna Murari, granted Bhushan 30 minutes to “think over” his stand of not expressing regret over his tweets against the judiciary.

On Monday, Bhushan said the tweets “represented” a “bonafide belief that I continue to hold” and “an apology for expression of these beliefs, conditional or unconditional, would be insincere” and “contempt of my conscience”. Senior lawyer Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for Bhushan, said the judgment convicting Bhushan should be recalled and no sentence be imposed on him.

The two tweets in question were posted in June this year. The first tweet pertained to Bhushan’s remark on a picture of Chief Justice of India on a luxury motorcycle, while in the second Bhushan expressed his opinion on the role of the last four CJIs.

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