Lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan has been fined Rs 1 for his tweets criticising the Chief Justice of India SA Bobde. Mr Bhushan, 63, has been asked to pay the fine by September 15, failing which he will be sentenced to three months in jail or he cannot work as a lawyer for three years.
Earlier this month, the 63-year-old was found guilty of contempt by the top court, which sought an unconditional apology from the lawyer-activist. Mr Bhushan, however, refused to retract or apologise, maintaining that it would be contempt of his conscience and the court.
His lawyer has argued that that the court must and should take extreme criticism as its “shoulders are broad enough”. Attorney General KK Venugopal has also argued against punishment. Maintaining that the judges cannot “go to press to defend themselves or explain,” the court cited Mr Bhushan’s high standing within the legal system. “Had it been someone else, it was easier to ignore,” the court had said.
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Lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan, held guilty of contempt for his tweets criticising the Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and the Supreme Court, has been fined Re 1 by the top court.