Attorney General requests SC to forgive Prashant Bhushan: Report

Attorney General K K Venugopal Tuesday requested the Supreme Court to take a “compassionate view” and excuse Senior Advocate Prashant Bhushan, who was condemned of criminal contempt for his tweets. The court said the lawyer has not confessed yet and has even made disparaging comments in the affidavit filed in his defense.

On August 14, a three-judge bench led by Justice Arun Mishra found two tweets by Bhushan accounting to “serious contempt of court” and found him guilty of criminal contempt. Bhushan had refused to apologize for his tweets. He was saying they were not done in “absence mindedness.”

Venugopal asked a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra not to punish Bhushan but “warn” him and let him go. To this, Justice Mishra responded, “But if Bhushan Ji does not have any inkling that he has done anything wrong, what effect do you think such an advise will serve?”

The bench took the AG through the plea filed by Bhushan in his defense, saying that he made disparaging comments against the highest court here as well. “Prashant Bhushan says SC has collapsed, is it not objectionable?” the bench asked the AG.

AG Venugopal replied, “I think he should withdraw it in entirety and express regret.” He also said the court should let him go if he apologizes.

Venugopal had requested the top court last week as well to save Bhushan from any punitive action.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court bench will hear the 2009 contempt case against Bhushan from next month as Justice Arun Mishra retires in the first week of September.

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