Breaking: Supreme Court issues notice to Prashant Bhushan, Twitter, and AG Venugopal in suo motu contempt case filed over tweet on CJI Bobde
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Breaking: Supreme Court issues notice to Prashant Bhushan, Twitter, and AG Venugopal in suo motu contempt case filed over tweet on CJI Bobde

The Court heard a case filed against Bhushan and Twitter over a tweet filed by the former questioning Chief Justice of India SA Bobde for riding a bike in Nagpur.

Debayan Roy

The Supreme Court today issued notice to Attorney General for India KK Venugopal in the suo motu contempt case initiated against Advocate Prashant Bhushan and Twitter.

Notice has also been issued to Bhushan and Twitter Inc.

A three-judge bench of Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari was hearing the case filed against Bhushan and Twitter India over a tweet filed by the former questioning Chief Justice of India SA Bobde for riding a bike in Nagpur.

At the start of today's hearing, Senior Advocate Sajan Poovayya, appearing for Twitter India, informed the Court that Twitter Inc should have been impleaded in the matter instead. He also stated that the tweet in question could be disabled after a court order.

In response, Justice Mishra said,

"Subject matter of petition is a contempt petition against Prashant Bhushan. The tweet was carried by Times of India."

Justice Mishra also took note of a tweet posted by Bhushan on June 27, through which he questioned the functioning of the Supreme Court, and particularly the last four Chief Justices of India. The tweet states,

"When historians in future look back at the last 6 years to see how democracy has been destroyed in India even without a formal Emergency, they will particularly mark the role of the Supreme Court in this destruction, & more particularly the role of the last 4 CJIs."

The Bench proceeded to issue notice to AG KK Venugopal to seek his opinion on the contempt issue. The Court also noted that the correct party in the matter is Twitter Inc of California and not Twitter India. The social media giant was allowed to file an application in this regard.

Poovayya was directed to file a reply by the next date of hearing.

While issuing notice and taking up the matter suo motu, the top court noted that the tweets by the lawyer brought "disrepute" to the "administration of justice."

We are, prima facie, of the view that the aforesaid statements on Twitter have brought the administration of justice in disrepute and are capable of undermining the dignity and authority of the Institution of Supreme Court in general and the office of the Chief Justice of India in particular, in the eyes of public at large. We take suo motu cognizance of the aforesaid tweet also apart from the tweet quoted above and suo motu register the proceedings

Reads SC order

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