Supreme Court asks Prashant Bhushan to think over his charges against court, AG says he should be forgiven
As the Supreme Court began hearing of the contempt of court case against senior advocate Prashant Bhushan on Tuesday, Attorney General KK Venugopal sought pardon and said he should be forgiven by the court.
The Supreme Court once again asked Prashant Bhushan to "think over" the allegations he has raised against the judiciary and whether he will withdraw the allegations. The court gave Prashant Bhushan 30 minutes to think over the allegations he has railed against the judiciary. Earlier, the court had given Bhushan time to reconsider his statement.
The Supreme Court bench noted that Prashant Bhushan has refused to apologize for his tweets against the judiciary and CJI SA Bobde.
The Attorney General appealed to the court seeking forgiveness for Bhushan and said, “Even if he believes he has not done anything wrong and the court believes he is not right if you forgive him it will be appreciated by the Bar.”
The Supreme Court bench then asked, “What’s the meaning of this advice when he is not admitting his mistake. When he has no inkling of the idea that he has done anything wrong then what's the point?”
However, KK Venugopal continued to seek forgiveness for Prashant Bhushan in the contempt case.
The Supreme Court bench said, “He has taken truth as a defence. That is very discouraging. In several cases, several judges were there. He is incriminating everyone.”
The court should warn him and take a compassionate view, Venugopal told the bench, which also comprised Justices B R Gavai and Krishna Murari.
"Bhushan says the Supreme Court has collapsed, is it not objectionable," the bench asked Venugopal. "He (Bhushan) should withdraw all statements and express regret," Venugopal said when the bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra sought his views on the 'defiant' statement of Prashant Bhushan.