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Verdict on Prashant Bhushan's sentencing in contempt case over tweets: LIVE updates from Supreme Court

The order is being pronounced by a Bench of Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari.

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The Supreme Court will pronounce today its decision as regards the sentencing of Advocate Prashant Bhushan, who was found guilty of criminal contempt of court on August 14 over two of his tweets criticising the judiciary.

The matter is being dealt with by a Bench of Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari. The Court had reserved its orders after Bhushan refused to tender an apology for his tweets.

Attorney General for India KK Venugopal had urged the Court to let Bhushan off with a reprimand. Senior Counsel Rajeev Dhavan, who argued for Bhushan, urged the Court not to "not make him a martyr" by sending him to prison.

The two tweets in question were posted in June this year. The first tweet pertained to Bhushan’s commentary on a picture of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde on a high-end motorcycle.In the second, Bhushan expressed his opinion on the role of last four CJIs amid the state of affairs in the country.

The Bench to assemble shortly.

Bench assembles. Justice Mishra pronouncing the judgment

Justice Mishra: Judges are not supposed to go to the press, their comments outside the court should not have been relied on.

Justice Mishra: We gave several opportunities to the contemnor to express regret.

AG also suggested that the contemnor may withdraw the affidavit.

Court: Contemnor (Prashant Bhushan) also gave further publicity to the events

Sentence the Contemnor with a fine of Re 1.

In the event of default, he may be sent to prison for three months and may be debarred from practicing for three years.

Sentencing order in Contempt of Court case against Prashant Bhushan over tweets:

  • Rs 1 FINE to be deposited by September 15.

  • If not paid, then 3 months jail and 3 years barred from practice.

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