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Contempt plea against Bhushan: Activists move Supreme Court in his support

Besides, a separate application has also been filed in the top court by five senior journalists, including former union minister Arun Shourie, seeking to intervene in the case.

Published: 04th March 2019 08:46 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th March 2019 12:43 AM   |  A+A-

Supreme Court Advocate Prashant Bhushan (L) and Attorney General to government of India K K Venugopa

Supreme Court Advocate Prashant Bhushan (L) and Attorney General to government of India K K Venugopal

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Noted activist and lawyer Prashant Bhushan, who was slapped with a contempt notice by the Supreme Court for his tweets in the M Nageswara Rao appointment case, has received the backing of at least 10 prominent activists now.

The activists, who include Aruna Roy, Arundhati Roy and Shailesh Gandhi, filed an application in the apex court to intervene in the contempt plea filed by Attorney General K K Venugopal against Bhushan for his tweets.

They have said in their application that they are concerned about initiation of the contempt proceedings against Bhushan for exercising his freedom of speech.

Bhushan had said on the microblogging site twitter that the government appeared to have misled the top court and perhaps submitted fabricated minutes of meeting of the high-powered selection committee headed by the Prime Minister in the appointment of Rao as interim CBI director.

Apart from this, a separate plea has been filed by five senior journalists, seeking intervention in the case.

The court while issuing notice to Bhushan on February 6 on the contempt plea, had said it would examine whether in sub judice matters, advocates and litigants briefing the media would amount to interference in the administration of justice.

During an earlier hearing, the bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra had said that the court was not averse to media reporting of cases, but lawyers appearing in sub judice matters should refrain from making public statements. The court had issued notice to Bhushan and had asked him to respond to the contempt plea within three weeks.

The other activists backing Bhushan include Wajahat Habibullah, Harsh Mander, Jayati Ghosh, Prabhat Patnaik, Indu Prakash Singh, Bezwada Wilson and Nikhil Dey.



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