The Supreme Court Tuesday granted another opportunity to activist-attorney Prashant Bhushan, convicted for contempt, to ‘mediate over’ his stand of now not expressing remorseful about over his tweets in opposition to the judiciary.
The finish court docket granted Bhushan 30 minutes to rethink his stand after Attorney Overall K K Venugopal sought forgiveness for the activist-attorney.
“He (Bhushan) would possibly perchance perhaps even composed withdraw all statements and make an apology,” said the finish law officer when the bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra sought his views on the ‘defiant’ assertion of Bhushan.
After the hearing resumed, Bhushan’s counsel Rajeev Dhavan told the bench that the Supreme Court will give plot if it doesn’t face excessive criticism.
Dhavan told the finish court docket that it must steal the guilty verdict in opposition to Bhushan. He said the court docket’s relate of August 20, directing Bhushan to file an unconditional apology, used to be an exercise of coercion.
The bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra asked Dhavan what would possibly perchance perhaps well be the punishment for Bhushan “if the court docket certainly determined to punish him”. In response, Dhavan told the bench that Bhushan “doesn’t desire to be made a martyr and that a punishment will put him one. “Court can bar him frim practising for some time, if it so chooses to invent so, nonetheless don’t punish him as per contempt law provisions,” Dhavan told the bench.
Bhushan has refused to present an apology to the Supreme Court for his two tweets in opposition to the judiciary, announcing what he expressed represented his bona fide perception which he persisted to address.
“Bhushan says the Supreme Court has collapsed, is it now not objectionable,” asked the bench.
The court docket can discuss thru orders only and even in his affidavit, Bhushan has made disparaging remarks in opposition to the judiciary, the bench said.
The court docket would possibly perchance perhaps even composed warn him and take compassionate see, Venugopal told the bench, which also comprised Justices B R Gavai and Krishna Murari.
When Bhushan doesn’t mediate he did the leisure inferior then what’s the level of giving him advice to now not repeating it, the bench said.
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“A particular person ought to be realise mistake. We gave Bhushan time nonetheless he says he’ll now not apologise,” it said.
On August 20, the finish court docket had granted time till August 24 to Bhushan to rethink his “defiant assertion” refusing to apologise and mute “unconditional apology” for contemptuous tweets in opposition to the judiciary and rejected his submission that quantum of punishment be determined by another bench.
(With PTI Inputs)