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File photo of advocate Prashant Bhushan while addressing a press conference. (ANI Photo)
File photo of advocate Prashant Bhushan while addressing a press conference. (ANI Photo)

Bhushan files review plea against conviction

  • The top court on 14 August held the activist lawyer guilty of contempt for his tweets and on 31 August imposed a token fine of Re 1

Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan on Monday filed a review petition in the Supreme Court challenging his conviction for contempt of court in the suo motu case for his two tweets criticizing the judiciary.

The top court on 14 August had held Bhushan guilty of contempt for his tweets and on 31 August imposed a 1 fine as punishment. The activist-lawyer had been ordered to deposit the fine with the top court by 15 September. A default would result in a three-month imprisonment and he will be barred from practising law for three years, the apex court had said.

On Monday, Bhushan deposited the 1 fine but said it did not mean he is accepting the court’s judgment.

“I am going to the Supreme Court registry to deposit the 1 fine imposed on me in relation to the contempt of court case. That I am depositing the fine does not mean I am accepting the judgment. I will be filing a review petition against it today," he told mediapersons in the apex court’s precinct earlier on Monday.

In the review petition filed later, he not only sought a review of the order holding him guilty of contempt, but also sought oral hearing of the case in open court. Generally, review petitions are decided in the judge’s chambers.

He argued that there were many procedural shortcomings in the case, from the cognizance of the case to the delivery of its judgment. He contended that the contempt proceedings should not have been heard by a bench that included former Justice Arun Mishra.

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