STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

SC gives Prashant Bhushan time to reconsider his 'defiant statement' against judiciary

Bhushan told a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra that he would consult his lawyers and think over the apex court's suggestion.

Published: 20th August 2020 12:02 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th August 2020 03:48 PM   |  A+A-

Activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan

Activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan (Photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI:  The Supreme Court on Thursday gave two-three days time to Prashant Bhushan to think over and consider modification to his 'defiant statement' made on the suo motu contempt case against him.

The court was hearing Bhushan's plea on the quantum of punishment in the case after holding him guilty for contempt of court on August 14 for his two tweets.

However, Bhushan told the bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra that he wouldn’t be making any changes in it. The court said it would be better if he reconsiders the statement.

ALSO READ | Contempt case against Prashant Bhushan should be heard by constitution bench: Ex SC judge

Reading out the statement, Bhushan told the court, “I am pained not because I can be punished but because I have been misunderstood. I am disappointed that the court didn't even give me a copy of the complaint that was the basis. I believe that open criticism is necessary in any democracy to safeguard the constitutional order. Saving the constitutional order should come about personal or professional interests. My tweets were a small attempt to discharge what I consider my highest duty.”

“My tweets were out of a bonafide attempt to discharge my duty as a citizen. I would have been failing in my duty if I did not speak up at this juncture of history. I submit to any penalty which the court may inflict. It would be contemptuous on my part to offer apology,” Bhushan said.

“I do not ask for mercy. I do not appeal for magnanimity. I am here to cheerfully submit to any punishment that court may impose", Bhushan said quoting Mahatma Gandhi in his statement.

ALSO READ | Retired judges, bureaucrats slam those criticising SC's conviction of Prashant Bhushan

Senior advocate Dushyant Dave, appearing for Bhushan, urged deferment of the hearing on sentence as he sought to file a review petition on it.

The court didn’t feel inclined to grant him time as it said that the order wouldn’t be complete if the sentencing is deferred.

The bench assured Bhushan that if any punishment is given for contempt, it will be inflicted only after the review petition is decided.

The bench then went on to hear the arguments on sentence and made it clear that it would not be entertaining the plea to defer the sentencing.


Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp