Senior advocate and social worker Prashant Bhushan has refused to apologize unconditionally to the Supreme Court in the contempt case. Advocate Prashant Bhushan said that his statements were goodwill and if he apologizes it would be in contempt of his conscience and the institution in which he holds the highest trust.
The Supreme Court on 20 August deferred hearing on the sentence in Prashant Bhushan contempt case. Supreme Court had asked Advocate Prashant Bhushan to reconsider his written statement and also gave him two days time for this.
Along with this, Advocate Prashant Bhushan has refused to apologize unconditionally to the Supreme Court for his controversial tweet, he had filed an answer in the contempt case, the Supreme Court has already reserved its decision. The Supreme Court had given an opportunity to Prashant Bhushan to ask for an unconditional apology.
Advocate Prashant Bhushan said in a reply filed in the Supreme Court, “My tweets were in good faith, on which I wish to continue. The conditional or unconditional apology for expression on these beliefs would be insincere.” He said, ‘I have given these statements in good faith with full truth and details which have not been dealt with by the court. If I turn away from the statement before this court, I believe that if I offer a sincere apology, then in my eyes I will be disrespected and I respect the institution which I have the highest respect for. ‘
Advocate Prashant Bhushan said, “I have the highest respect for the institution. I did this not to discredit the Supreme Court or any special Chief Justice, but to offer constructive criticism which is my duty. My comment Is constructive and intended to prevent the SC from wandering from its long-term role as the protector of the Constitution and the protector of people’s rights.
Prashant Bhushan was found guilty of contempt of court for his two tweets against the judiciary and the CJI, commenting on Chief Justice Bobde.