Fine of Re 1 for Bhushan in contempt case, failing which 3-month in jail
published 31.08.2020 15:29
The on Monday imposed a token fine of Re 1 on advocate Prashant Bhushan, convicted in a contempt case for tweets against the judiciary, which if he failed to deposit by September 15, the penalty will then be 3 months in jail and the senior advocate will be barred from practicing law for three years.
On August 25, a bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, B.R. Gavai and Krishna Murari had reserved the order on the sentence, after Bhushan declined to apologize for his derogatory tweets against the judiciary.
The bench observed that Bhushan gave wide publicity to the supplementary statement submitted in the court, where he refused to express regret for the tweets against the judiciary.
Imposing fine, the bench said if Bhushan defaults then he will be barred from practice for three years, and would have to undergo imprisonment of three months.
During the hearing the bench also gave 30 minutes to Bhushan to think over his stand for not expressing regret in connection with the tweets.