I will respectfully pay the fine of Re 1: Prashant Bhushan

Hours after senior advocate Prashant Bhushan was set off with a token fine of Re 1 Supreme Court in criminal contempt cases on Monday, he said he would “respectfully” pay the fine. He stated that his tweets were not intended in any way to disrespect the Supreme Court or the judiciary.

“While I reserve the right to review the judgment, I will respectfully pay the fine,” he said.

The bench, comprising Justices Arun Mishra, B R Gavai and Krishna Murari, led the lawyer to deposit the amount by September 15. Failing which he will attract a jail term of three months and debarment from law practice for three years.

On August 14, the bench had held Bhushan guilty over the tweets made on June 27 and June 29.

During the discussions, Bhushan told the court that the “two tweets represented” his “bonafide beliefs” and that he did not want to withdraw the same. He also answered in the negative when asked if he wished to reconsider his statement.

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