Guwahati: The Supreme Court of India on Monday imposed a penalty of Re 1 on senior advocate Prashant Bhushan in the case of contempt for his two tweets.
Bhushan was charged with “criminal contempt” earlier this month for criticising CJI SA Bobde and the apex court over their alleged failure to uphold fundamental rights and protect dissent.
A 3-member bench, headed by Justice Arun Mishra, and comprising of Justices B R Gavai and Krishna Murari, on Monday sentenced him to pay a fine of Re 1, which is to be deposited with the Supreme Court Registry within September 15.
In case of failure to pay fine of Rs 1 within September 15, Bhushan will have to undergo improsionment for 3 months, and be debarred from practice for a period of 3 years.
Subsequently, the senior lawyer tweeted a photo holding a Re 1 coin, captioned, “My lawyer & senior colleague Rajiv Dhavan contributed 1 Re immediately after the contempt judgement today which I gratefully accepted.”
According to reports, the 63-year-old will reveal later on Monday whether he would pay the fine or confront other options.
Bhushan was held guilty for two tweets, in the first one, he criticised the functioning of SC in the past six years. He alleged that historians would mark the role of the top court in contributing to destruction of democracy.
In his second tweet, CJI SA Bobde was seen sitting on a stationary Harley Davidson motorcycle. The senior lawyer had said, “The CJI rides a Rs 50-lakh motorcycle belonging to a BJP [Bharatiya Janata Party] leader at Raj Bhavan, Nagpur, without wearing a mask or helmet, at a time when he keeps the SC on lockdown mode denying citizens their fundamental right to access justice!”