SC reserves order on the 2009 contempt proceedings against Prashant Bhushan

The Supreme Court had earlier issued notice to Attorney General KK Venugopal and Advocate Bhushan after the court took cognizance of Bhushan’s tweets criticizing CJI SA Bobde and blaming the judiciary for the economic crisis.At the same time, senior journalist N Ram, former Union Minister Arun Shourie, and Advocate Prashant Bhushan have already moved a plea in the Supreme Court challenging the Section 2(c)(i) of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1972 which deems acts that scandalise or lower the authority of courts punishable as criminal contempt of court.With this, Supreme court also resumed hearing another 11-year old contempt case against Bhushan, which was registered following a complaint by Senior Advocate Harish Salve over allegations put forth by Bhushan against former Chief Justices SH Kapadia and KG Balakrishnan.The Supreme Court today reserved its order on the 2009 contempt proceedings against advocate Prashant Bhushan. Thereafter, the bench reserved its order on the issues – whether to accept apology/explanation and drop the proceedings; or, commence a full-fledged trial on contempt.

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