“CONTEMPT POWER BEING USED AS SLEDGEHAMMER”, KAPIL SIBAL ON PRASHANT BHUSHAN CASE

Last week Prashant Bhushan was held guilty of contempt for tweets on Chief justice of India S.A. Bobde and the supreme court.

Congress leader, Kapil Sibal, the defence lawyer of Prashant Bhushan on Saturday morning, tweeted “contempt power bring used as a sledgehammer” and warned that history would judge the courts for “having let us down”.

Mr. Bhushan, who said he had been “grossly missunderstood”, also said the tweets were an attempt to discharge his highest duty.

Supreme court has given Mr Bhushan upto three days “to reconsider” his statement and sought an unconditional apology by August 24.

The senior lawyer and Congress leader Kapil Sibal also tweeted on this matter on independence day, courts must never forget that their commitment to the cause of liberty and our constitutional values will be judged not by their words and homilies but by their actions in dealing with causes.

After more than two hours of arguments, the supreme court on Thursday, declared “freedom of speech is not absolute to anyone” and that there were boundaries that had to be respected.

There is no person on earth who cannot commit a mistake. You may do hundreds good things but that doesn’t give you a license to do 10 crimes, Justice Arun Mishra , one of the judges on the bench, said.

Mr. Prashant Bhushan was held guilty for his tweets, one of them read “four previous chief justices of India played a role in destroying democracy in India in the last six years”.

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