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Prashant Bhushan refuses to apologise to SC

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Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan has once again refused to apologise to the Supreme Court in a contempt case. Prashant Bhushan on Monday filed a supplementary statement refusing to apologise to the court in the contempt case.

Bhushan has been already convicted by the apex court in the case. However, the court is yet to pronounce the quantum of punishment to be imposed on the senior leader.

He was convicted by the Supreme Court on August 14 for criminal contempt of court over his tweets against the judiciary and CJI SA Bobde.

Retracting statement will be contempt of my conscience

In his supplementary statement, the senior advocate said: “My tweets represented this bonafide belief that I continue to hold. Public expression of these beliefs was I believe, in line with my higher obligations as a citizen and a loyal officer of this court. Therefore, an apology for expression of these beliefs, conditional or unconditional, would be insincere. An apology cannot be a mere incantation and any apology has to, as the court has itself put it, be sincerely made.

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“This is especially so when I have made the statements bonafide and pleaded truths with full details, which have not been dealt with by the Court. If I retract a statement before this court that I otherwise believe to be true or offer an insincere apology, that in my eyes would amount to the contempt of my conscience and of an institution that I hold in the highest esteem.”

Activist’s tweets were derogatory

While referring to the tweets by Prashant Bhushan, the apex court had earlier said these statements are prima facie capable of “undermining the dignity and authority” of the institution of the Supreme Court in general and the office of Chief Justice of India in particular, in the eyes of the public at large.

Tweets were not against the institution

Senior advocate Dushyant Dave, appearing for Bhushan in the matter, had said, “The two tweets were not against the institution”.

Bhushan has made immense contributions to the development of jurisprudence, Dave had said. He had also said there are “at least 50 judgments to his credit”.

Dave also submitted that the court has appreciated Bhushan’s contributions in cases like 2G scam, coal block allocation and in mining matters.

 

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