On Monday, Supreme ordered lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan to pay Re 1 fine by September 15 as punishment in Contempt case.
The top court ordered Bhushan to pay the fine by September 15 or he will be jailed for 3 months and debarred from practising for 3 years.
The punishment was announced by a SC bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra, who retired on September 2.
Prashant Bhushan said that he is happy to pay the fine but will challenge his conviction. Bhushan has been convicted of contempt of court for posting two tweets against the judiciary.
“I will be submitting the fine but under protest and will be filing a writ petition and review. I said whatever sentence they give me I will accept. I am not itching to go to jail,” Prashant Bhushan said.
While addressing a press conference, He said “My tweets were not intended to disrespect SC but were meant to express my anguish at what I felt was a deviation from its sterling record… This is a watershed moment for freedom of speech and seems to have encouraged many people to speak out against injustices, “.
He stayed rigid on his statement that his tweets were not intended to disrespect Supreme Court.
Notably, He was found guilty criminal contempt for his two derogatory tweets against the top court on 14 August. Supreme Court found the attempt as major disrespect and fair criticism of the functioning of the judiciary.
Although, a lot of lawyers and people came forward in support of Prashant Bhushan but ultimately he was found guilty.