Apologizing Would Be “Contempt Of My Conscience,” Says Prashant Bhushan
The senior lawyer was given three days to reconsider his decision to not apologize.
Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan, who was held guilty in a case of contempt of court recently, has refused to apologize or retract his statement after he was given a few days to rethink his stand. In a supplementary affidavit filed by him today, Bhushan told the court, “If I retract a statement before this court that I otherwise believe to be true or offer an insincere apology, that in my eyes would amount to the contempt of my conscience and of an institution that I hold in highest esteem.”
On August 20, a bench headed by Arun Kumar Mishra, had asked Bhushan to reconsider his statements and apologise, before listing the matter for August 25. Bhushan’s contempt of court conviction came on the back of two tweets made in the month of June. In one of them, he had opined about the Supreme Court’s role in eroding freedoms in the world’s largest democracy, while in the other, he had posted a photo of Chief Justice SA Bobde on an expensive bike that was owned by a BJP leader.
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