Bhushan case: court adds AG’s name in order
K.K. Venugopal was present at hearing
The Supreme Court has published a “revised” order in the advocate Prashant Bhushan suo motu contempt case, this time prominently featuring the name of Attorney General K.K. Venugopal.
The order copy published initially on the court’s official website on Thursday had not shown Mr. Venugopal’s name even though the top law officer was present during the entire hearing and had even urged the court against punishing the civil rights lawyer for his tweets.
Mr. Venugopal was present after the court issued notice to him when it initiated the suo motu proceedings against Mr. Bhushan for his tweet about a photograph of Chief Justice of India Sharad A. Bobde astride a heavy bike and another on how posterity would perceive the role played by the Supreme Court in the past six years.
He was found guilty of contempt by scandalising the court on August 14.
On Thursday, Mr. Bhushan sought neither mercy nor magnanimity from the court. He, in a short statement, told the court he would cheerfully submit to the punishment, whatever it may be.
The court reserved its judgment but gave an opportunity to Mr. Bhushan to tender an “unconditional apology” by August 24. Mr. Bhushan later refused to apologise in court but said the tweets were a “genuine mistake”.
During the hearing, Mr. Venugopal stressed that Mr. Bhushan has “done tremendous amount of public good”.
“You have convicted him but do not punish him,” Mr. Venugopal told the court.