New Delhi: The supreme court on Monday imposed a token fine of Re 1 on lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan that must be paid before September 15 for the criminal contempt of court for his tweets against top court and Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde.
The apex court added that if he failed to do so he would have to undergo a three-month jail sentence and also be barred from practising for three years.
“Freedom of speech can’t be curtailed but rights of others need to be respected”,SC noted.
A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said that court directly and indirectly persuaded Bhushan to express regret and that was not heeded to by him. “We have considered the sane advise given by the Attorney General, and have concluded that the conduct of present contemnor also needs to be taken into consideration,” the bench added.
The apex court had held him guilty for his two tweets against the judiciary on August 14 by stating that the allegations levelled in the tweets of Bhushan against the court and CJI were malicious in nature and had the tendency to scandalise the court.