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Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa passes resolution condemning "efforts to pressurize" Supreme Court for its judgment on Prashant Bhushan

"The efforts of pressurizing the Hon'ble judges, by making reckless statements are in total derogation of the Constitution of India," the resolution reads

Shruti Mahajan

The Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa has passed a resolution condemning the "efforts to pressurize" the Judges of the Supreme Court by issuing statements against Court's judgment convicting Advocate Prashant Bhushan for contempt of Court.

The Council which establishes that it represents the interests of as many as 1,75,000 lawyers practising in the two states stands by the Supreme Court for its judgment delivered on August 14.

The statements issued by various bodies in the light of the judgment, lending support to Bhushan are "efforts to pressurize" the institution, the Council states.

"The efforts of pressurizing the Hon'ble judges, by making reckless statements are in total derogation of the Constitution of India"
Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa

The resolution terms it "unfortunate" that lawyers indulge in making scandalous and scurrilous remarks against the Top Court when their "political ends" are not served. While legitimate and bona fide criticism of the Courts as well the system has always existed, "calculated and malicious" attacks on the Court undermine its dignity, the Council's statements says.

"If the judiciary is to perform its duties and functions effectively, it is essential to protect the dignity and authority of the Courts. The foundation of the judiciary is the confidence of the people in its ability to deliver justice"
Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa

The faith of the people in the Judiciary is undermined by the "name-calling" indulged in by certain areas of the civil society who tend to suggest that "Supreme Court has destroyed democracy" and other similar statements, it is said.

Condemning these remarks, the Bar Council states that it stands in agreement with the steps taken by the Supreme Court and anyone who maligns the Supreme Court ought to be dealt with in accordance with the law.

"We repose confidence in the entire Judicial System and we condemn the efforts to pressurise the judiciary"
Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa

On August 14, the Supreme Court pronounced its judgment holding Advocate Prashant Bhushan guilty of contempt of court for two of his contentious tweets. In its 108 pages long judgment, the Court has said, among other things, that if an attack of this nature is not dealt with, the same may affect national honour and prestige.

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