New Delhi dated 25th August 2020.
” What’s wrong in apologizing if you are hurting someone? How much longer will the system endure this in the end? I am also retiring in a few days, now would you or anyone else be right to accuse me? If you have caused grief, you should also apologize,” says Justice Arun Mishra.
The occasion was the Contempt of Court case against the senior lawyer and social activist Prashant Bhushan.
During today’s hearing, a different thing was seen in court. The court, however, was not entirely satisfied with the mediocre role played by the Government’s own lawyers and the treatment meted out by the defense lawyers. In the end, Justice Arun Mishra made an emotional statement and reserved the verdict.
The Supreme Court today decided to remand the 2009 Contempt of Court case against Prashant Bhushan and journalist Tarun Tejpal to another bench. The court clarified that both the allegations of corruption against freedom of expression and the judiciary need to be considered in more detail in this case.
The Supreme Court had issued notices to both Prashant Bhushan and Tarun Tejpal in the Contempt of Court case. The matter was heard before a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra.
Advocate Rajiv Dhawan, defending Prashant Bhushan said that Bhushan has raised 10 questions of constitutional importance which need to be heard before the bench. It can be relied on by some court friends and can also be heard before the appropriate bench.
The court also said that the case has been pending for the last several days and it may be heard before a proper bench on September 10. In this case, the opinion of Attorney General K. K. Venugopal should be taken into consideration and notice should be issued to him, said Dhawan. However, the court rejected Dhawan’s demand that a notice should be issued to Venugopal seeking his opinion.