Supreme Court of India. Photo/ANI
Supreme Court of India. Photo/ANI

Attorney General withdraws his contempt plea after Prashant Bhushan admits making 'genuine mistake'

ANI | Updated: Mar 07, 2019 18:05 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar 7 (ANI): Advocate Prashant Bhushan on Thursday admitted before the Supreme Court that he made a “genuine mistake” by tweeting that the Centre, represented by Attorney General (AG) KK Venugopal, had submitted fabricated minutes related to a meeting of the high-powered selection committee on appointment of M. Nageshwara Rao as an interim CBI director.  
The issue cropped-up while a Division bench comprising of Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Naveen was hearing a contempt case filed by Attorney General KK Venugopal against Bhushan for his tweets allegedly criticising the court on the appointment Rao.
In view of Bhushan’s admission, Venugopal withdrew the contempt plea filed against him.
During the course of the hearing, the apex court said that it would, on April 3, examine if lawyers or any other person can criticise courts in a sub-judice matter to influence the public opinion or interfere with the course of justice.
Bhushan, who had also filed an application in the court seeking recusal of Justice Arun Mishra from hearing the contempt petition against him, blatantly denied when asked by the bench to apologize for this move.
A group of eminent citizens, comprising of prominent civil society activists and academicians like Aruna Roy, Wajahad Habibullah, Nikhil Dey, Arundhati Roy, Harsh Mander, Jayati Ghose, Prabhat Patnaik, Indu Prakash Singh, Shailesh Gandhi and Bezwada Wilson had also moved the top court seeking direction to intervene into contempt petition filed against Bhushan.
Another application was filed by a group of senior journalists - Arun Shourie, Mrinal Pande, Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Manoj Mitta and N. Ram, stating the facts leading up to the saying that they would have done a similar thing given the circumstances. (ANI)