Prashant Bhushan wants sentence hearing deferred: Judges saying no
Prashant Bhushan asks for 30 days to file review of the contempt case against him. His lawyer Dushyant Dave pointed out to –
- Article 137 of the Constitution on the review power of the Court.
- Order 47 of SC Rules on the review power.
Prashant Bhushan is trying to persuade the Court to not declare the punishment today and instead wait until his review petition has been heard.
Justice Mishra said that the punishment will not implemented until Mr Bhushan’s review petition is not heard. He also argued that the judgment is complete only after the punishment is announced. He reiterates that they donot intend to intend to defer the sentence hearing.
Justice Gavai felt that a review process is separate and the petitioners should not attempt to give the impression that they wish to avoid the bench of Justice Mishra.
Bhushan’s lawyers argue that according to the law Contempt occurs when there is substantial influence on the administration of justice. They say the Court must state that Prashant Bhushan’s statements have interfered with the administration of justice.
A SC bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra held Prashant Bhushan guilty for contempt of court over two tweets against CJI & SC. They are set to announce a punishment today