Prashant Bhushan has now two days to reconsider ‘defiant statement’ or to face punishment

Photo: Tashi Tobgyai, Indian Express

The Supreme Court Thursday granted two days to activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan to reconsider his defiant statement refusing to apologise for contemptuous tweets against the judiciary and rejected his submission that quantum of punishment be decided by another bench.

The top court also rejected Bhushan’s submission seeking deferment of the hearing till his yet-to-be-filed review plea against its verdict, which held him guilty of contempt of the court, is decided.

Reminding Bhushan of lakshman rekha’, the top court asked as to why it has been crossed and observed that it has been asked to commit an act of impropriety by sending the case to some other bench for hearing the arguments on quantum of sentence in the contempt case.

The apex court, on August 14, had held Bhushan guilty of criminal contempt for his two derogatory tweets against the judiciary saying they cannot be said to be a fair criticism of the functioning of the judiciary made in the public interest. He faces simple imprisonment of up to six months or with a fine of up to Rs 2,000 or with both as punishment.