The three-Judge Bench of Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai, and Krishna Murari is hearing a 2009 contempt case moved against Advocate Prashant Bhushan.
This is the same Bench that held Bhushan guilty of contempt of Court on August 14 in a separate case that was initiated by the Court with respect to two of Bhushan's contentious tweets.
The instant case of contempt against Bhushan, however, dates back to 2009 over statements made by Bhushan on corruption in the judiciary. The case was filed against Bhushan after he made allegations against former Chief Justices of India SH Kapadia and KG Balakrishnan in an interview with Tehelka magazine back in 2009.
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, the Amicus in the case.
On August 10, this year, the Court decided to hear the case on merits.
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