Pay Rs. 1 fine by September 15 or face simple imprisonment for 3 months: SC to Prashant Bhushan

In a bizarre turn to one of the most watched cases in 2020, Supreme Court sentenced Advocate Prashant Bhushan to a token of fine Re. 1 in the contempt case against him for his tweets criticising the judiciary. If he does not pay the fine by September 15, he can face jail for three months and a ban from practising for three years .
On August 25, the Bench of Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari reserved it’s order on Bhushan’s sentencing after finding him guilty of contempt of court for his tweets on the judiciary .
“Freedom of speech can’t be curtailed”, said the Supreme Court while handing down the sentence, referring to “sane advice” from Attorney General KK Venugopal to the court and to Prashant Bhushan.
While pronouncing the verdict , Justice Mishra said, “Judges are not supposed to go to the press, their comments outside the court should not have been relied on”.
The Bench went on to note that it had given Bhushan several opportunities to express regret for making his contemptuous statments. It aslo stated that Bhushan gave publicly to the events surrounding the contempt case by going to the press. It said, “Court’s decision should not be preempted by publication of opinions in the press.”
However the Bench ultimately saw it fit to impose a token fine of Re. 1 on Bhushan.
“My lawyer and senior colleague Rajiv Dhavan contributed 1 Rs immedietly after the contempt judgement today which I gratefully accepted,” the 63 year old tweeted.

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