Agartala: The Tripura Human Rights Organization has come out in support of prominent lawyer Prashant Bhushan, who was held guilty of contempt of court for tweets that criticized the judiciary earlier this month.
Speaking with reporters, human rights activist and senior advocate Purushuttam Roy Barman said that the Supreme Court has held Prasant Bhushan guilty, but criticism can never be contempt of Court.
The Supreme Court on August 20 held Prashant Bhushan guilty over contempt of court for his two tweets that criticized the judiciary system.
“We the Tripura Human Rights organizations express our dissatisfaction over the verdict passed by the court. We appeal to the Supreme Court to withdraw the verdict and reconsider the order passed by the court. Democracy allows a citizen to speak over the activities of the Supreme Court or criticize the verdict of the court,” Roy Barman said.
The senior advocate also said that the verdict passed by the apex court will have its impact in the near future over the judiciary system as people would start losing faith over the court.
“The supreme court has so far stood by the people and has played the major role safeguarding democracy. The Court order should never overpower the rights of its citizens”, Roy Barman added.
Speaking further, he said that when the ruling government in a state tries to overpower the judiciary, then the human rights activist and people start speaking for democracy.
“Bhusan has worked for over 30 years in the interest of the common people getting them justice. Even the present Attorney General had said that during the hearing on Bhushan’s case,” Roy Barman said.
Some of the Tripura Human Rights Organization activists were seen holding placards which read criticism is not contempt, protest against silencing critics and dissenters appealing the Supreme Court to reconsider its verdict.