NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday rejected activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan's regret for his 2009 statement that half of 16 former CJIs were corrupt. The SC on Monday said further hearing was required in the 2009 criminal contempt case against activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan and journalist Tarun Tejpal. A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said that it will hear the matter and deal with the issue of whether comment on corruption against judges per se amounted to contempt or not. The bench, also comprising justices B R Gavai and Krishna Murari, has posted the matter for hearing on August 17. The top court had in November 2009 issued contempt notice to Bhushan and Tejpal for allegedly casting aspersions on some
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday said further hearing was required in the 2009 criminal contempt case against activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan and journalist Tarun Tejpal. A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said that it will hear the matter and deal with the issue of whether comment on corruption against judges per se amounted to contempt or not. The bench, also comprising justices B R Gavai and Krishna Murari, has posted the matter for hearing on August 17. The top court had in November 2009 issued contempt notice to Bhushan and Tejpal for allegedly casting aspersions on some sitting and former top court judges in an interview to a news magazine. Tejpal was then editor of the magazine. On
NEW DELHI: Ahead of the Supreme Court's hearing on contempt proceedings against Prashant Bhushan for his alleged 'contemptuous' remarks against present and former CJIs, he and his sympathisers have launched a multi-pronged response to dissuade the court from going ahead with the contempt cases. A bench of Justices Arun Mishra, B R Gavai and Krishna Murari on July 22 had initiated suo motu contempt proceedings against Bhushan for his tweets - one accusing the CJI of riding a stationary heavy bike without mask or helmet while keeping the courts under lockdown to denying right to access to justice to citizens; and the other attributing role to four former CJIs in the alleged destruction of democracy in the last six years
NEW DELHI: Nearly four decades after being accused of selling adulterated haldi, the Supreme Court on Thursday acquitted a Haryana shopkeeper, setting aside the HC order convicting him under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act. Prem Chand, now 76 years old, was charged after sample of haldi (turmeric) taken from his shop in a village in Sonepat district in 1982 by a food inspector along with a medical officer was found adulterated. The report of the public analyst revealed that it contained four living meal worms and two liveweevils. The trial court acquitted him in 1995 after holding proceedings for almost 13 years. But 14 years later, Punjab and Haryana HC quashed the order in 2009 and held him guilty
JAIPUR: The Supreme Court on Monday permitted Rajasthan assembly speaker to withdraw his appeal questioning the high court’s jurisdiction to interfere with pendin proceedings before him on disqualification of Sachin Pilot and 18 rebel Congress MLAs. Appearing for the speaker, senior advocate Kapil Sibal told a bench of Justices Arun Mishra, B R Gavai and Krishna Murari, “The HC has passed a detailed order and the interim order passed has merged into the HC’s subsequent final interim order.” He said the speaker wanted to withdraw the petition with liberty to avail appropriate remedy against the subsequent HC order. The bench accepted the request and dismissed the plea as withdrawn.
NEW DELHI: Rajasthan Assembly Speaker CP Joshi on Monday withdrew his plea in the Supreme Court, against the High Court order which had directed him to defer his decision on disqualification notices issued to former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot and 18 other MLAs. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal and advocate Sunil Fernandes requested the Supreme Court bench of Justices Arun Mishra, B R Gavai and Krishna Murari to allow withdrawal of Speaker's petition, following which the court allowed the withdrawal of petition. Sibal told the apex court that the Rajasthan HC has passed a detailed order relating to disqualification proceedings pending before the Speaker. "We will contest it there and if need arises we will again come back to the
NEW DELHI: Advocate Prashant Bhushan’s lawyer Rajeev Dhavan and his father Shanti Bhushan were unsuccessful on Friday in persuading the Supreme Court for a deferment of hearing in the 11-yearold contempt case against Bhushan junior, initiated for alleging that half of 16 ex-CJIs were corrupt. Dhavan, Shanti Bhushan and Kapil Sibal, who appeared for another contemnor Tarun Tejpal, requested a bench of Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari in unison for an open court hearing, given the nature of the case and their lack of preparation with the voluminous files of a very old case, which would for all practical purposes have meant deferment of hearing till at least September. Earlier, SC had indicated that courts may not