Supreme Court imposes Re 1 fine on Prashant Bhushan for contempt of court

The Supreme Court on Monday imposed Re 1 fine on senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan in contempt of court case over his tweets.

A bench of the Supreme court, headed by Justice Arun Mishra said, freedom of speech can’t be curtailed but the rights of others need to be respected, the bench also said that if Bhushan fails to pay the fine, then he will be barred from practicing law for a period of three years and also he will be imprisoned for three months.

The apex court earlier this month held Bhushan guilty of contempt of court for his tweets related to CJI Bobde and his opinion on the role of the last four CJIs amid the state of affairs in the nation and had reserved its order on Tuesday.

Bhushan had remained defiant that there would be no change in his stance and maintained that his remarks are merely constructive criticism meant to convey to the court. He also said that public expression of these beliefs was in line with his higher obligations as a citizen and a loyal officer to this court.