Supreme Court adjourns 2009 Prashant Bhushan contempt case, requests CJI to set up new bench

Supreme Court adjourns 2009 Prashant Bhushan contempt case, requests CJI to set up new bench

The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing in the 2009 contempt case against activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan.

The matter has been now listed on September 10.

The SC had issued a contempt notice to Prashant Bhushan in November 2009 for allegedly casting aspersions on some sitting and former top court judges in an interview to a news magazine.

The SC bench requested the Chief Justice of India to refer the contempt case to an appropriate bench.

The three-judge bench noted there are issues that need “extensive argument” -- issues of free speech vs contempt, the limit of criticism of judges, procedure and protocol for suo motu cases.