Supreme Court rejects Prashant Bhushan plea seeking deferment of contempt case, sentence soon
Supreme Court has rejected advocate Prashant Bhushan’s petition seeking deferment of the proceedings on his contempt of court case. The Supreme Court is expected to pronounce its sentence against Prashant Bhushan in the contempt of court case on Thursday.
While rejecting Prashant Bhushan’s petition, the Supreme Court told Prashant Bhushan that “it is not appropriate”. Supreme Court told Prashant Bhushan that "judgment is complete only after sentencing".
Prashant Bhushan argued in court that another bench of SC should hear arguments on the quantum of sentence, to which, the Supreme Court said, "You (Prashant Bhushan) are asking us to commit an act of impropriety that arguments on sentencing should be heard by other bench."
The court observed on Thursday, “Whatever applications are there we will have to pass an order. We are not proposing to defer the sentence.”
Noted activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan has been held guilty of criminal contempt for two of his tweets on the Supreme Court and CJI SA Bobde. Prashant Bhushan on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court seeking deferment of the proceedings till a review petition is filed and considered.
The Supreme Court on August 14 held Prashant Bhushan guilty of criminal contempt for his 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.
The court had said it would hear on August 20, the arguments on the quantum of sentence to be awarded to Bhushan in the matter.