Recently, the Supreme Court of India has convicted senior advocate Prashant Bhushan of contempt of court for his two tweets. The court said that the tweets were an attempt to shake the “very foundation of constitutional democracy”. In his first tweet, he expressed his views regarding a picture of CJI S. A. Bobde sitting on a superbike, and in his second tweet, he shared his opinions regarding the decisions taken by last four CJIs as master of the roaster.
Pradeep Chauhan & Shey Srivastava | New Delhi
Courts have become an essential part of our lives for dispute redressal and much more. In India, courts have assumed the capacity of a guardian in mango people’s lives. The Supreme Court of India has always regarded as guarantor and protector of fundamental rights of people.
Courts through several laws have conferred various powers to maintain the authority vested in them. To punish for its contempt is one such power.
What is contempt of court?
The question arises is this a question of contempt or not?, the Statement to be considered as contempt must of that nature and has the capacity to scandalise the faith of people in the judiciary.
Here, Mr. Bhushan was just expressing his views which were based on some facts. He also apologised for the part where he questioned CJI “riding bike without helmet” as the bike was on the stand. Also, there are certain defences provided under the Contempt of Court Act.
For better knowledge, it’s good to know that what is not COC.