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One Rupee Fine For Prashant Bhushan In Contempt Case

New Delhi: The Supreme Court docket on Monday imposed a token nice of 1 rupee in opposition to activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan as punishment within the contempt case in opposition to him.

Bhushan, who has been convicted for 2 tweets in opposition to the judiciary, has to deposit the nice with the Supreme Court docket registry by September 15, mentioned a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra. Failure to conform would entail a three-month jail time period and debarment from legislation follow for 3 years, it mentioned.

The bench, additionally comprising Justices B R Gavai and Krishna Murari, mentioned freedom of speech can’t be curtailed however rights of others have to be revered.

On August 14, the apex court docket had held Bhushan responsible of legal contempt for his two derogatory tweets in opposition to the judiciary and mentioned they can’t be mentioned to be a good criticism of the functioning of the judiciary made in public curiosity.

Bhushan in his assertion had refused to supply an apology to the Supreme Court docket for the tweets, saying what he had expressed represented his bona fide perception which he continued to carry.

(PTI)

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