In a hearing today (14th August), the Supreme Court has found two of Prashant Bhushan’s tweets against the Chief Justice and the Supreme Court amounting to “serious contempt of the court”.
The judgement was passed by the bench comprising of Justice Arun Mishra, B R Gavai and Krishna Murari.
The tweets prima facie “brought administration of justice into disrepute and are capable of undermining the dignity and authority of the SC and the CJI”, reads the order.
One of the tweets had criticized the Supreme Court for destructing democracy and blamed the same on the last 4 CJIs. The other tweet was a comment on CJI SA Bobde’s viral picture on a Harley Davidson. Bhushan had commented on the non-physical functioning of the SC and asserted that the “fundamental rights of citizens were not being addressed”.
Contempt proceedings were initiated on 22 August on a suo motu basis by the Apex court. Bhushan’s defence that the tweets though outspoken and unpalatable were only his bonafide opinions was rejected by the bench.
The next hearing to decide on the sentence shall be held on 20th August.