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In the last hearing, the Court had expressed its inclination to examine larger questions that it opined were raised in the case.
The Supreme Court is hearing the contempt case against Advocate Prashant Bhushan over allegations made by him in an interview against former Chief Justices of India SH Kapadia and KG Balakrishnan.
During the interview, Bhushan also allegedly said that half of the preceding 16 Chief Justices of India were corrupt. As per the complaint, Bhushan also said that he had no proof of the allegations.
The Supreme Court had subsequently taken suo motu notice of the issue after a complaint to this effect was filed by Senior Advocate Harish Salve, Amicus in the case. The contempt petition was held to be maintainable by a three-judge Bench on November 10, 2010.
As regards the charges of contempt against Bhushan in this instant case, the Bench had expressed its inclination to "put a quietus" to the issue.
Live updates of the hearing today feature on this page.
Notice should be issued to the office of Attorney General to obtain an independent opinion;
The questions framed by the Court need to be heard by the Constitution Bench.
The questions raised by Bhushan include whether bona fide opinions of corruption also constitute contempt of court, whether it is enough to show bona fides of opinion or it is necessary for the person to prove the allegation of corruption, whether a complainant is barred from discussing in public domain the contents of his complaint if an in-house inquiry is started, among others.
(Justice Mishra retires on September 2, 2020)