Bengaluru: Last week, the Supreme Court held lawyer Prashant Bhushan to be guilty of contempt of court in the case relating to his demeaning tweets on Chief Justice of India Arvind S Bobde.  

The hearing for the quantum of punishment will take place on August 20. 

Meanwhile, he will file a review petition.  

Rajeev Dhavan, senior lawyer, appearing for Prashant Bhushan said a review petition will be filed because there are many imbalances in the judgement. 

He said some parts of the judgement say that allegations against Judges per se do not constitute contempt of court. Therefore, they would seek a review into it. 

What the top court had said about the contempt of court: 

“A possibility of the other judges getting an impression that they may not stand protected from malicious attacks, when the Supreme Court has failed to protect itself from malicious insinuations, cannot be ruled out.”

It can be recalled that the tweet pertains to how Prashant Bhushan had expressed his criticism over CJI Arvind Bobde sitting on a bike. 

 

The court observed further: “The said tweet is capable of giving an impression to a layman, that the CJI is enjoying his ride on a motorbike worth Rs 50 lakh belonging to a BJP leader, at a time when he has kept the Supreme Court in lockdown mode denying citizens their fundamental right to access justice.” 

The court further noted: It has the tendency to shake the confidence of the public at large in the institution of judiciary and the institution of the CJI and undermining the dignity and authority of the administration of justice.”

Bhushan had expressed regrets but not apology: 

“At the outset I admit that I did not notice that the bike was on a stand and therefore wearing a helmet was not required. I therefore regret that part of my tweet.”