Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari
Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari
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"Which judge is left out, sitting or retired?" Ten statements made during the Prashant Bhushan contempt hearing before the Supreme Court

"When Mr. Bhushan does not think he did anything wrong then what is the point of giving him advice to not repeat it?", the Court said.

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Attorney General for India KK Venugopal today urged the Supreme Court to let Prashant Bhushan off the hook in the contempt case filed against him for his tweets on the judiciary.

A day after Bhushan filed a response refusing to apologise to the Supreme Court, the Bench of Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari took up the matter for hearing.

Here are ten significant statements that were made during today's hearing.

1. These statements would only be to tell the Court that you should look at the unclear and reform yourself. He (Bhushan) may be given a warning first and let go. He need not be punished - AG Venugopal

2. People make mistakes, sometimes even in bona fide mistakes are made. But he does not think he did anything wrong. What to do when someone does not think they did something wrong? - Justice Mishra

3. When Mr. Bhushan does not think he did anything wrong then what is the point of giving him advice to not repeat it? - Justice Mishra

4. PILs and all is good work but when it came to you, even you filed a contempt... You withdrew it only after he expressed regret. But that's not the case here. - Justice Gavai, referring to the contempt case filed by the AG against Bhushan in the Rafale case.

5. Then My Lord also see all the work he has done, he has filed so many PILs for the benefit of the people. - AG Venugopal

6. Everyone is criticizing is that we have not considered his response and the AG is saying take his response off the record... Now if this is removed, we will be blamed that we removed his response on our own. - Justice Mishra, on the AG's suggestion that Bhushan response be taken off record.

7. Isn't that objectionable? - Bench refers to a statement made by Bhushan saying that the "Supreme Court has collapsed".

8. For that we gave him 3 days but he filed a supplementary statement instead. - Justice Gavai, when AG asked the Court to let Bhushan express his regret.

9. Which judge is left out, sitting or retired? - Justice Mishra, referring to the various allegations made by Bhushan.

10. AG, your advice should be also for withdrawal of the statements. - Justice Mishra

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