New Delhi: The Supreme Court has fined senior advocate Prashant Bhushan Rs 1 in a court-martial case. Failure to pay the fine by September 15 could result in up to three months in prison and a three-year ban from practicing law, the court said. A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra passed the order after Bhushan maintained that he would not apologize for the offensive tweets.
The court had voluntarily filed a case against Bhushan for criticizing the Supreme Court and the Chief Justice through tweets. The court ruled that Bhushan’s tweets were an insult to the judiciary and undermined the dignity and authority of the Supreme Court and the office of the Chief Justice in public.
Prashant Bhushan’s statement in the Supreme Court during the court hearing was in the news. Bhushan, who declined to apologize for the two tweets found by the apex court, told the bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra that day, “I do not ask for mercy. I do not ask for mercy. I gladly accept any punishment imposed by the court.”