Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a contempt notice to Advocate Prashant Bhushan on a petition filed by the Attorney General and Centre for his tweets that are alleged to be criticising the court on its appointment of M Naheswara Rao as the Interim CBI Director.
A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Naveen Sinha said it would deal with the larger question of whether it is open for lawyers or any other person to criticise the court in a sub judice matter which would lead to influencing public opinion.
The notice was served after Centre objected to Bhushan making contemptuous remarks against the judiciary and the Supreme Court.
In the plea, attorney general KK Venugopal said that Bhushan in his tweets said that AG Venugopal ‘wilfully and deliberately’ made false statement in a case pending in the court.
The top court slammed Bhushan for passing comments on a sub-judice matter and subsequently served him a notice.
“We are not averse to media reporting on court proceedings but the lawyers involved in a case should resist from making a public statement in a sub-judice matter. It has now become common that lawyers appearing in case making a statement and participate in a debate in a sub-judice matter,” the court said.
While issuing the notice, the court also observed that punishment to a lawyer should be the last thing to do. “Contempt is Brahmasthra and it should not be used frequently,” the court said.